A Visual Look at Delmon Young’s Tuesday Night

For some hitters, they see five pitches more or less in a typical at-bat. When Pat Burrell drew a team-high 114 walks in 2007, he got to a 3-0 or 3-1 count in 87 of his 598 plate appearances (14.5 percent). For Delmon Young, he has gone to 3-0 or 3-1 in three of 89 PA (3.4 percent). That’s right, Delmon Young has been in a 3-0 or 3-1 count exactly three times this season.

In last night’s 3-1 victory over the Red Sox, Young came to the plate four times and saw five pitches in total. Total. Like the cereal. Let’s take a stroll through his Tuesday night. Lots of .gifs after the jump.

At-bat #1

Young gets a first-pitch Ryan Dempster fastball on the outer part of the plate and skies a fly ball to right field.

At-bat #2

Young must have felt like working overtime because he saw two — count ‘em, two — pitches from Dempster. He took the first pitch, a fastball down the middle, then dribbled the second (a slider) weakly down the third base line for an infield single.

At-bat #3

Young swings at the first pitch again, popping a letter-high fastball to shallow right field.

At-bat #4

Young offers at a first-pitch, 78 MPH change-up from Craig Breslow, grounding out to shortstop.

Here’s a heat map view of the five pitches:

The odd part is most weren’t even in locations that Young has particularly liked.

The guy does not have any kind of strategy when he goes up to the plate. Not that we didn’t already know that.

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  1. Richard

    May 29, 2013 01:29 PM

    “That’s right, Delmon Young has been in a three-ball count exactly three times this season.”

    Not quite. He has 6 walks, so I assume he must have had at least three 3-2 counts.

  2. yo

    May 29, 2013 01:29 PM

    Strategy, probably preached from dugout or up above: Be aggressive early in count. Organizational failure.

  3. Richard

    May 29, 2013 01:34 PM

    Bill, if he has six walks, then by definition he’s been in at least six three ball counts, would you not agree? You jumped from his 3-0 & 3-1 counts to saying he had three 3-ball counts altogether, which is just not possible.

  4. max

    May 29, 2013 02:17 PM

    so has young been in 3 ball counts 3 times *besides* the 6 times he’s walked? still, that’s only 9 times in 89PA. 10% still isn’t very good.

  5. VoteForDelmon

    May 29, 2013 02:43 PM

    Strategy should be to get him elected to the All Star game.

  6. Eric Longenhagen

    May 29, 2013 04:13 PM

    I’ve only seen 5 or fewer pitches in 4 PAs once before. Eastern League playoffs a few year ago, New Hamshire at Reading, Adeiny Hechavarria did it.

  7. Miguel

    May 29, 2013 07:59 PM

    Incredible,always you say something that Delmon Young isn’t doing correctly, comes to the plate and does it… Today a 4 pitches walk

  8. Phillie697

    May 29, 2013 08:20 PM

    Speaking of tonight’s players, who the hell is John Lachey praying to nowadays? 24.2 K% and 53.6% GB%, both by far career highs? For a 35 year old pitcher? Somebody check his water :P

  9. jake

    May 30, 2013 06:39 AM

    We get it, Delmon Young isn’t very good.

    At this point, do we need to say it constantly?

  10. Patthebat

    May 30, 2013 07:31 AM

    jake,

    I’m not sure people even now realize how bad Delmon Young is. His WAR of -0.5 through one month of play projects to -2.5 WAR if he stays healthy the next four months. There’s probably no single thing Manuel could do that would gain the team 3 wins like replacing Delmon in the starting lineup with almost literally anybody else.

  11. Patthebat

    May 30, 2013 07:31 AM

    I’m not sure people even now realize how bad Delmon Young is. His WAR of -0.5 through one month of play projects to -2.5 WAR if he stays healthy the next four months. There’s probably no single thing Manuel could do that would gain the team 3 wins like replacing Delmon in the starting lineup with almost literally anybody else.

  12. Patthebat

    May 30, 2013 07:33 AM

    Whoops, sorry I commented twice :)

  13. Jonny5

    May 30, 2013 10:02 AM

    It’s because Charlie tells him to go mash taters before every AB. Everyone should know that talking about food gets him all hot and bothered and he can’t contain himself. Premature undulation is a serious affliction with men today. He needs to practice holding back his stroke some so he doesn’t become too overeager with the wood…

  14. srl19

    May 30, 2013 10:37 AM

    What is premature undulation?

    I picture Delmon Young doing the worm down the first base line prior to an AB..

  15. Jake

    May 30, 2013 10:54 AM

    @Patthebat

    There is nobody that reads CrashburnAlley that doesn’t get Delmon Young stinks.

    That’s my point, here, we all get it. Move on to something else.
    Like the Cesar Hernandez piece.

  16. Jonny5

    May 30, 2013 02:10 PM

    srl19,
    Undulation
    a wavelike motion to and fro in a fluid or elastic medium propagated continuously among its particles but with little or no permanent translation of the particles in the direction of the propagation.

    I’d say that defines the process leading up to “whiffing” or “grounding out” rather well.

    To do so before you “should” Like in a 1-1 count, would be premature undulation.

  17. srl19

    May 30, 2013 03:31 PM

    @Jonny5

    Thanks for the clarification.

    I used to have a nasty little case of that, a “cold shower” really does the trick.

  18. Anybody still think Ben R is a CF'er

    May 31, 2013 01:05 PM

    Look, the guys overweight and his feet hurt. He is taking the economical approach to batting and realizes the less time he is standing on his feet, the better he feels overall. You have to admire that type of forward thinking.

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