Keep rolling rolling rolling! Amed Rosario has been hitting the ball effectively since the beginning of August. Over the past three weeks dating back to the Mets’ off-day on August 9th, Rosario is hitting .329/.360/.482. The Mets needed him to break out badly.
His strike outs are down as well since August 9th.
1. 12.4 percent, JaCoby Jones (42.2 to 29.8)
2. 9.8 percent, Corey Dickerson (24.2 to 14.4)
3. 8.8 percent, Trevor Story (34.4 to 25.6)
4. 8.6 percent, Adam Engel (34.8 to 26.2)
5. 8.3 percent, Rosario (28.8 to 20.6)
His O-Swing% is going down. His Contact % is going up. His walk rate is going up . His strikeout rate is going down. This is everything you want from your young and promising short stop.
There have been 450 hitters who have taken at least 150 plate appearances in each of the past two years, and only four have cut their strikeout rate by as much as (Amed) Rosario has. – @mike_petriello
Not only is he getting on base more often, he is taking extra bases and stealing bases. Rosario is second in the NL with 10 stolen bases since the all star break. Speed is something the Mets need badly and by having Rosario leading off it’s going to annoy opposing pitchers.
“I try to feel more confident when I try to steal, I know before I didn’t play in the good slot for the steal because sometimes I’m hitting before the pitcher, and then when I’m at first with nobody out, he’s bunting or something. But right now I think in leadoff I feel much better.” – Amed Rosario (Newsday)
“If we have a guy with his kind of speed and we’re not trying to teach him how to run, then we’re not doing our jobs,” “He’s doing a great job of making some of those adjustments, and I think he’s going to be a big base-stealing threat in the future for us.” – Callaway (Newsday)
I can’t wait to see what 2019 holds for Rosario and hopefully he continues his 2nd half success into next season. I like him as the lead off hitter. He is becoming patient, he’s swinging the bat well and is a legit threat on the base paths. Alas Jose Reyes 2003-2011.