Sometimes, a player has a bad season and posts some ugly numbers.
There isn’t always an easy explanation as to why said player’s numbers are so bad, other than it may just not be their year.
Myles Straw is one of those players this year.
The Cleveland Guardians’ 27-year-old center fielder is having an absolutely terrible season.
We could try and sugarcoat it, but there’s really no sense in doing that when Straw is hitting .194 on the season with no home runs and just 10 RBI.
A Guardians fan page tweeted some of Straw’s recent numbers, and these are some pretty rotten numbers.
Myles Straw has a .366 OPS in his last 30 games.
He has a 14 wRC+ since June 1st.
That’s not a typo. A 14 wRC+ since June 1st. #Fortheland
— 216 Baseball Podcast (@216BaseballPod) July 6, 2022
An Ugly Rut
When you have a .366 OPS in your last 30 games, something is definitely wrong, especially given the fact that Straw hit .271 in 158 games last year.
His OPS for this season sits at a measly .534.
This clearly has not been his season and it doesn’t look very promising for him.
The Guardians have lost four in a row and have dropped to the .500 mark.
Straw has clearly not been much help for them.
He isn’t much of a power hitter.
He only hit four home runs last season.
But the fact that he’s only at 10 RBI on the season and is hitting below .200 is quite unsettling, both for him and the Guardians.
Straw was acquired last year at the trade deadline from the Houston Astros in exchange for reliever Phil Maton.
Right now, it’s looking like the Guardians got the short end of the stick on that deal.
If the Guardians want to turn it around, then Straw is going to need to pick it up just a bit.
It hasn’t been his year, but that doesn’t mean all is lost.