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Week 24 Hitting Planner: The Cold Never Bothered Us Anyway

Photo Credit: Wally Gobetz

An interesting note from baseball overseas revolves around former Rockies catcher, Wilin Rosario. Rosario spent two years in the hitter-friendly KBO hitting 70 home runs with a .330 BA. To some, he played well enough to parlay that into a spring training invite. Rosario opted to head to Japan where things have turned sour. He went from homering in 7% of his KBO ABs to only 2% in the JPCL. With that tangent over, let’s focus on the Week 24 Hitting Planner.

Weather Forecast

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The Week 24 Hitting Planner is notably cooler. We’re wearing leather jackets now and driving a motorcycle. All jokes aside, it’s getting closer to fall and the weather will be noticeably cooler in most areas. Meteorologist project rain moving in from the east coast with Washington being stormy during the Week 24 Hitting Planner.

Park Factors

With nearly a .2 percentage point lead in HR PF, its hammering time in Philadelphia. Citizens Bank Park enters the Week 24 Hitting Planner atop the HR PF leaderboards. A 1.409 HR PF puts Citizens Bank Park a sizable lead away from Yankee Stadium. The Phillies play host to both the Nationals and the Marlins. There should be a lot of fireworks in Philadelphia in the Week 24 Hitting Planner.

Stolen Base Report

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Heading over to the rSB rankings. Pirates catchers pace the league with an rSB of 5. Sal Perez and the Royals tied the Pirates in terms of rSB. In terms of ineptness in catching runners stealing, the Cardinals catcher defense continues to slip. Currently sporting an rSB of -4, the Cardinals tied the White Sox for the 2nd worst mark in the MLB. The Mets lay at the bottom of the barrel with an rSB of -5.

Under-The-Radar- Players

Franmil Reyes, SD (at SEA, vs TEX)

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The San Diego Padres may not be in the playoff hunt, but that doesn’t mean that can’t help your playoff hopes. With Franchy Cordero and Francisco Mejia, ‘Fran” Diego will eventually take the world by storm. Enter Franmil Reyes. Clearly the biggest of the Fran Triplets, Reyes homers in 7% of his at-bats. He has 15 this year in only 69 games, but he’s not just a power guy. With 128 wRC+, Reyes’ short time in the majors has seen him contribute in all but one standard scoring category (0 SB). Reyes could be a poor man’s version of Jesus Aguilar in 2019. But for now, Franmil should tear up the Week 24 Hitting Planner.

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