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Week 17 Hitting Planner: Mystery Themes, Vibes, And Post All-Star Hot Streaks

Week 17 Hitting Planner
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The MLB trade deadline is fast approaching, which means a lot of players could be switching teams.

It can be stressful to have a player on your roster whom could ultimately change teams, so I am here to help ease your mind with the Week 17 Hitting Planner.

Put on some jam band music, plop down in a beanbag chair, and enjoy the ride.

Week 17 Hitting Planner


Mike Zunino, SEA (vs BOS, vs NYM)


If you haven’t read it yet, I talk in depth about Zunino and his breakout potential here. Since the ASG, Zunino is just not hitting ground balls (9.1% GB%) and absolutely crushing everything else (97.2 mph EV). There is a chance Zunino takes you to Shakedown Street if his harmonized balancing of striking out and solid contact falls into discord.


First Base

Lucas Duda, NYM (at SD, at SEA)

This is a matchup based pick. The Padres and Mariners starters are two of the worst teams in terms of HR/FB ratio. The Padres allow home runs on 18.2% of fly balls and the M’s allow a 15.3% rate (14.3% average for the league). Over his last 25 PA, Lucas Duda makes 77.8% of his contact in the air, so there is a good chance Duda continues his hot streak (136 wRC+ over his last 79 PA).


Second Base

Jonathan Schoop, BAL (at TB, at TEX)


With the power numbers missing (one homer in his last seven games), Schoop has still put together a strong start to the second half with a .375/.385/.500 slash line with five runs scored and six RBI. The power numbers should come in full force when traveling to Texas in the second half of the week.

Third Base

Maikel Franco, PHI (vs HOU, vs ATL)

To say Maikel Franco looked lost at the plate for much of the first half would not be a far-fetched statement, but as the months got hotter, so did Franco. Over his last 45 PA, Franco sports a .400 wOBA leading to a wRC+ of 147. Things begin looking even better for Franco when we focus on the games strictly after the ASG.

Franco is leading the majors in EV on line drives and fly balls by smoking them at 97 mph (Zunino is second with 96.7). The Phillies’ third baseman should keep Truckin’ along as he recovers from an awful start to the season.


Javier Baez, CHC (vs CHW, at CHW, at MIL)


Over his last 21 PA, Javier Baez has been spectacular (270 wRC+) and that should continue against the White Sox during a home and away series. Baez’s 33.3% HR/FB ratio is a bit unsustainable; however, the White Sox starters are allowing 15.8% of fly balls to leave the yard. Baez and his 99.2 mph EV on balls in the air should continue to produce this week.


Mikie Mahtook, DET (vs KC, vs HOU)

Mikie Mahtook is doing a little bit of everything for the Tigers. Over his last 17 games, Mahtook is scoring .588 runs a game mostly due to the amount of talent in front of him. Mahtook is batting behind Nick Castellanos and Victor Martinez, which is giving him ample opportunity to drive in runs. Add in his sustainable 11.4% HR/FB and you have a Workingman’s Dead outfielder who can help in every standard hitting category (except steals).

Nick Williams, PHI (at SF, at SD)


The Phillies rookie three-hole-hitter, Nick Williams, cracks the Week 17 Hitting Planner by finding his power stroke. Over his last six games, Williams has raised his ISO to .480 (.285 before his last six). He has also raised his hard contact percentage by 7.8 percentage points, but conversely, his GB% has increased as he has gotten more playing time. He has some holes in his game, but as a Phillies top prospect, Williams will be given plenty of playing time for the rest of the season.

Khris Davis, OAK (at TOR, vs MIN)

The Blue Jays are allowing 14.9% of fly balls to leave the park. Khris Davis hitting 69.3% of his contact in the air at 103.3 mph since the ASG. See the home run potential? The Week 17 Hitting Planner is banking on Davis hitting the ball hard (0% soft contact rate in 24 PA) and being able to sustain his astronomical 75% HR/FB ratio. The second half seems hard to do, but remember 15% is considered great.

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed your ride to Terrapin Station. Guess this week’s theme? If not, it was the Grateful Dead. As always, thank you for reading and tune in next week for…

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