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Must C: Five straight for Olson | MLB.com (video)

A rookie prospect comes up blasting homers by the bushel just about every day now.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:52 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: athletics, matt olson

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   1. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 20, 2017 at 11:28 AM (#5535017)
I did not know who Matt Olson was until this morning but as I was listening to the radio, the Detroit sports station mentioned that Olson has hit 15 homers in his last 21 games. No MLB rookie had ever done that.
   2. Rally Posted: September 20, 2017 at 11:32 AM (#5535023)
23 homers and just 2 doubles. That seems just weird. Is it some kind of record?

Yes. Fewest doubles for a player with 20+ homers. Previous record is/was McGwire who hit 4 doubles and 29 homers in his last season, and Wes Covington in 1957. Not a record yet though as Olson has two more weeks to hit something off a wall instead of over.

   3. Tim D Posted: September 20, 2017 at 11:36 AM (#5535032)
Watched him in Detroit the last couple of nights. Terrific raw power. Profiles as a strong three true outcomes type. Looks a little awkward at 1B but could be ok there. I wouldn't want him in the OF (especially on a team that already has Khris Davis). Significant platoon split in small MLB sample size, but you see what he did to lefty pitcher in that clip. I like him.
   4. Batman Posted: September 20, 2017 at 11:54 AM (#5535045)
The record for homers with 2 or fewer doubles is 16 by Eddie Robinson when he had one double in 1955. In addition to Olson, Ryan Schimpf (14 HR and 2 doubles) could pass Robinson.
   5. The importance of being Ernest Riles Posted: September 20, 2017 at 12:04 PM (#5535056)
It's obviously not sustainable (23 homers vs 2 doubles could easily turn into 13 homers and 12 doubles), but Calcaterra pointed out yesterday that this is Sanchezian:

Sanchez 2016: 53 games, .299/.376/.657, 20 HR, 168 OPS+
Olson 2017: 54 games, .267/.360/.663, 22 HR 168 OPS+


(The rest of the piece is wrapped up in a discussion about East Coast Bias)
http://mlb.nbcsports.com/2017/09/19/you-should-probably-pay-attention-to-matt-olson/
   6. Batman Posted: September 20, 2017 at 12:11 PM (#5535061)
Not many players have sustained a 2:1 doubles:HR ratio. Mark McGwire did it, but the next most HR by a retired player is 35 (12 2B) by Earl Wilson. If they all decided to retire right now, Aaron Judge, Joey Gallo, Kyle Schwarber, Matt Olson, and Rhys Hoskins would be 2, 3, 4, 8, and 11 on that list.
   7. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: September 20, 2017 at 12:24 PM (#5535071)
the next most HR by a retired player is 35 (12 2B) by Earl Wilson


A pitcher, it should be noted.
   8. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 20, 2017 at 12:47 PM (#5535086)
A rookie prospect comes up blasting homers by the bushel just about every day now.

This season has Judge, Bellinger, Hoskins & now Olson, as rookie HR hitters making a big impact. Add Gary Sanchez if you go back to last August. Did I miss anyone? Maybe Joey Gallo, although he's technically not a rookie. More than I remember at anytime previously, and there seems to be an almost continuous surge in top level talent since Stanton, Trout & Harper all arrived within a short period. Good time to be a baseball fan.
   9. For the Turnstiles (andeux) Posted: September 20, 2017 at 12:49 PM (#5535087)
Trying to make it 6 games in a row today, Olson faces Anibal Sanchez (26 HR allowed in 88 IP).
   10. Khrushin it bro Posted: September 20, 2017 at 02:58 PM (#5535232)
Never thought coming into this season with Yonder Alonso that the A's 1B would hit a combined .276/.358/.569 with 46! home runs and a 119 OPS+.
   11. Bote Man Posted: September 20, 2017 at 04:45 PM (#5535343)
and there seems to be an almost continuous surge in top level talent since Stanton, Trout & Harper all arrived within a short period. Good time to be a baseball fan.

Incorrect opinion. The current narrative holds that home runs are BAD and must be discouraged at all costs. Please seek corrective action.
   12. Walt Davis Posted: September 20, 2017 at 05:08 PM (#5535360)
I wouldn't put any of those guys in the Trout/Harper class. They're more traditional TTO sluggers arriving in a TTO, HR-happy era. (Judge could be Stanton for sure.) The recent arrivals closer to Trout/Harper have been Correa and Seager but they're nearly old men now. :-)

Anyway, Rhys Hoskins scoffs at your Sanchez, Judge, Bellinger and Olson comps! 299/428/739 with 18 HRs in 39 games. The kid's on a 72-HR, 170 RBI, 400 TB pace. And did I mention the 20% K-rate?

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