Main league baseball gamers are the most effective at what they do, however that doesn’t imply they’re excellent. Certain, watching a batter smack a ball out of the park or seeing a pitcher throw a decisive strike is all the time entertaining, however typically the less-than-stellar performances make good highlights, too. That’s what occurred final night time, when Mets slugger Javier Báez (a latest acquisition from the Chicago Cubs) did what he’s identified for: took a large swing at a pitch. The one downside? The ball hadn’t even crossed the plate but.
The at-bat occurred through the Mets’ sport in opposition to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night. Báez confronted Giants pitcher Sammy Lengthy, a 26-year-old rookie, and when Lengthy unleashed a changeup, Báez went for it. Like, actually went for it. Take a look at his monster swing within the video under:
This swing by Javy Baez 😬 pic.twitter.com/WwTrwyFOuG
— MLB Errors (@mlberrors) August 24, 2021
Báez had principally completed his swing by the point the ball arrived on the plate. Though it was a bit embarrassing, it’s additionally a part of his type as a batter: Go massive or go dwelling. He swings to hit dwelling runs, and which means he’ll rack up loads of strikeouts, too—he at present has 147, the fifth most within the league.
Earlier in August, Báez went 0-for-5 on the plate with 5 strikeouts, making him the primary Mets participant to take action since Dave Kingman whiffed his means via 5 at-bats throughout a sport in 1982, The Spun studies. If you happen to’re watching Báez, that you must be ready to see numerous strikeouts.
In fact, his big-swing technique works numerous the time, too. He hits loads of homers: Báez is ranked thirty first within the MLB with 24 dwelling runs thus far this season.
HR or Ok!
— Javier Báez (@javy23baez) August 13, 2021
Báez held on after that huge swing and in the end bought a stroll, however he wasn’t capable of contribute a lot for the Mets. The Giants set to work early and stacked up a 7–0 lead by the tip of the fourth inning, and the Mets couldn’t reply. The Giants received the primary sport of the three-game sequence in New York by a rating of 8–0.
The 2 groups face one another once more tonight—perhaps one in every of Báez’s massive swings will discover the ball this time.
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