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Brian McCann hasn’t been his usual self since coming off DL

Sep 20, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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His overall numbers look as strong as always, but Braves catcher Brian McCann has struggled mightily since returning from the disabled list in mid-August.

McCann was hitting .303 with an .879 OPS when he was placed on the DL with an oblique strain, but as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution notes he’s hitting just .167 with 26 strikeouts in 30 games since coming off the shelf.

He’s just 18-for-108 during that time, although six of those hits have been homers and McCann has also drawn 18 walks. However, producing a .632 OPS for five weeks can certainly be tossed into the growing pile of Braves worries as they cling to a 2.5-game lead in the Wild Card race.

  1. frenchysplatediscipline - Sep 20, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Yes. This hurts. But not as much as Jason Heyward continuing to stand too far off the plate and not make any adjustments…

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 20, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Weird thing is that when he went down, I thought the Braves were in big trouble, but then they went 10-6 and I thought they showed a lot. But since he has been back, they are 15-15 and like Aaron says above, he’s hitting .167 with a .632 OPS. However, a closer look shows that his BAbip is .158 since his return, so he’s been pretty unlucky too.

  3. Walk - Sep 20, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Brian is still a young man but players at his position age fast. Even if they seem ok or say they are that position takes a toll by the end of the year. I dont think that is the issue here though as his power numbers seem ok so i think his lower body is fine which is what i would be worried about in a catcher at this time of year. As chris pointed out his babip is low and a lot of the teams the braves have played lately have employed some type of shift against him and he does not seem willing to bunt against it as he had earlier in the year making them lose one of the fielders on the right.

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