Friday, July 23, 2010
Down-Hill: Where Did Aaron Hill Go?
Aaron Hill was an unexpected MONSTER last year -- .286 BA, 36 HR, 108 RBI.
This year through 96 games -- .203 BA, 13 HR, 34 HR.
What happened? Where did the production go? Will the consistency of 2009 ever return?
Hill has had to battle through some injuries this year (most recently a bad stomach bug) but no one saw this lack of production coming. Hill is seeing some good pitches batting around Vernon Wells, Adam Lind, and Lyle Overbay, but being below the Mendoza line most of the year and a 21 percent drop in OPS cannot be helping any confidence levels. Cito Gaston has shaken up the lineup a few times this year but nothing seems to be working like last season.
Many analysts have predicted a big turnaround from Hill in the second half...I just don't see it. Hopefully I'm wrong but let's just hope we're just not seeing the second coming of Bret Boone.