I've always had a soft spot for Mark Reynolds because he swings and misses with great vengeance and furious anger. But something strange has happened during Reynolds' move from the NL West to the AL East. He's cutting back on the whiffs. Thirty-five games in to the 2011 season and Reynolds has a mere two three-strikeout games and nary a Golden Sombrero. And I'm starting to panic.
While Reynolds has cut his strikeout rate from 42.3% in 2010 to 32.2% this season, the rest of his stats are just as terrible as usual and he's stopped hitting for power. His .174/.287/.313 is the worst of his career as is his .139 ISO. Even his .221 BABIP is a career low, so hopefully he's been a little unlucky this year. But almost half way through May and only 37 strikeouts to his name, Reynolds looks doubtful to reach the 200 K plateau that he's hit each of the past three seasons. I mean last year he even had more strikeouts (211) than batting average points (.198).
Of course, Reynolds could still achieve that feat again because he might hit .160 this season. Without the thrill of the big home runs and strikeouts, Reynolds is just a below replacement level third baseman and a player even the Orioles shouldn't be penciling into the line-up. So please, Mark, for the sake of everyone, start closing your eyes and taking monstrous hacks again. We miss you.