Michael Brantley’s July 2017 #s & #s Through July
this month was highlighted with many special moments for Michael. from his being selected to the AL All Star team, to getting his first All Star Game hit, to collecting his 1,000th Major League career hit, to being part of his first double play of the season, to finally hitting his first home run since April 30, Michael had several reasons to smile about his performance in July.
the Indians had 26 games on their schedule this month and, unlike in June, Michael played in every contest except one. in his first nine games before the All Star Break, between July 1-9, Michael bat .294 (10-for-34) with two doubles, one triple, seven RBI, six runs, three walks, and one stolen base. after the Break, in 16 games between July 14-31, Michael bat .281 (18-for-64) with three doubles, three home runs, 12 RBI, 11 runs, five walks, and three stolen bases. he also acquired three assists and one double play in left field post-Break.
Michael Brantley has done an admirable and inspiring job so far in 2017 after missing all but 11 games last year. no one can say otherwise. in fact, he’s got a very good chance to be a candidate for the Comeback Player of the Year. however, i am going to make an argument at the bottom of this post that Michael’s not fully back to his regular self yet, and likely won’t be until next season. so make sure you read all the way to the end for that.
but first, let’s get into the numbers. this blog consists of Michael’s 2017 regular season numbers and statistics from April 3 – July 31.
so far in 2017, Michael has 350 plate appearances and 314 at bats in 82 games (686.0 innings).