Here’s what Arenado said about his at-bats and statistics in a shortened season:
"“I’m trying to slow the game down. I’m trying to hit the ball hard. You know, I’m just trying to have team at-bats right now. It’s different. You know the stats aren’t going to be there. You know, they just aren’t. It’s gonna look totally different. And I know we all want to hit .300 with a bunch of homers and a bunch of RBI, but the stats are just going to be different and that’s just what it is. So it’s just not getting caught up in all those things. It’s just getting caught up and trying to help the team win, and that’s what I’m trying to do right now. Stay out there, play good defense, have good at bats, and then whatever happens, happens.”"
Our thoughts: Arenado enters Friday’s contest in MLB’s 30th percentile in both hard hit percentage at the plate and exit velocity. Both stats also equate to his lowest marks since 2015. His xwOBAcon (expected Weighted On Base Average on contact) stands at .317, which is among the lowest 10 percent in the league.
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There are a lot of issues Arenado is battling at the plate right now, and it’s going to reflect in his statistics. Those are questions Arenado is being asked every time he sits down with the media. Those issues have also had him sit twice this season in an effort to break out of his slumps. It’s a hard current reality for a player who has produced some of the best yearly statistics in recent seasons.
Can Arenado find his rhythm at the plate? The answer to that question could be one of the answers to whether Colorado will or won’t make the playoffs in 2020.