Saturday, May 22, 2010

Matt Wieters: should we be concerned?

Last year Matt Wieters came up to the big leagues and every one held their breath. They held their breath in anticipation for the one player that was going to single-handily save Baltimore baseball. Matt Wieters facts abounded, national sports writers called him "Switch-hitting Jesus" and Baltimore put the weight of its collected hopes on the broad shoulders of a young catcher. he struggled at first last year, but that was normal we all said. He then caught serious fire at the end of the 2009 campaign and we all exhaled a bit. Matt  Wieters -

Virtually everyone expected Wieters to pick up right where he left off, but he hasn't. Right now the young catcher (and once and future king of Baltimore sports) is batting .262 with a .693 OPS; he hasn't hit a homerun since May 5 which was also the date of his last RBI. Wieters is mired in a tough stretch of late. Over his last nine games Wieters is batting only .229 with an atrocious .518 OPS, he has no extra-base hits and has struck out eight times. He has been taking bad at-bats, his swing has looked long and it just doesn't seem like he is seeing the ball well right now.

The question needs to be asked: Is this just a slump, or should we be concerned by Wieters performance in year two?

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