Last week we focused on the youth movement in the majors. It’s only fitting that we flip the coin and turn our attention to some elder statesmen in the Week 25 Hitting Planner. While father time eventually catches up to everyone, these hitters have continued to fight him off. With no further delay, here is the Week 25 Hitting Planner.
Week 25 Hitting Planner
Yadier Molina, STL (at CIN, at CHC)
At 32 years old, Yadier Molina sits atop the catcher leader boards with eight. He also saw a 4.9 mph increase in his average exit velocity over the last week. The results of this increase have begun to matriculate onto the field with two home runs and a .381 batting average over his last 23 plate appearances. This success should continue into the Week 25 Hitting Planner.
Joey Votto, CIN (vs. STL, vs. BOS)
At 34, Joey Votto might be having his best season ever, and the Week 25 Hitting Planner should see his continued success. With his average EV near his season average, his .381 BA over his last 25 PA should be sustainable over the week. His power numbers are down over this time span, but Votto’s ability at the plate should compensate for the power lull.
Ben Zobrist, CHC (at TBR, at MIL)
A 4.6 mph increase in EV over the last week lands Ben Zobrist on the Week 25 Hitting Planner. The 36-year-old happens to be in the midst of one of his worst seasons to date, but over his last 24 PA, Zobrist’s been on the upswing with a .444 BA and an 1.194 OPS.
Manny Machado, BAL (vs. BOS, vs. TBR)
The Week 25 Hitting Planner could not miss Manny Machado average exit velocity over the last week rise to 99.5 mph over 18 results. In the same time span, Machado has only been hitting .185, so with him hitting the ball so hard, it seems more unlucky than a cold streak. He should be able to completely turn it around in the Week 25 Hitting Planner.
Zack Cozart, CIN (vs. STL, vs. BOS)
At 32, Zack Cozart stands as one of the oldest starting shortstops in the MLB. With 20 home runs and a .303 BA, he’s having his best season offensively of his career. With two home runs, four runs, and six RBI over his last 22 PA, Cozart seems to be on par with his season stats. His 16.7% HR/FB ratio couples with a 70.6% fly ball rate (last 22 PA) could lead to larger power numbers for the Reds shortstop.
J.D. Martinez, ARI (at SDP, vs. MIA)
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At 30 years old, J.D. Martinez is another older player having one of their best seasons at the plate. A 7.1 mph increase from two weeks ago to 95.3 mph over the last week could be attributed to his four home runs in his last six games. Martinez has picked up 27 PA in that span and what he’s done with them have been spectacular. A .520 BA and a 1.120 OPS with eight runs scored and eight more driven in might not be replicable in the Week 25 Hitting Planner, but Martinez should not see much of a drop off as his EV before last week was a respectable 88.2 mph.
Nelson Cruz, SEA (vs. TEX, vs. CLE)
An 8.2 mph increase in EV should keep the 37-year-old Nelson Cruz in good form this week. Over his last 25 PA, Cruz has put 73.3% of his contact in the air with a 20% HR/FB ratio. Most of his contact has come via the line drive, but a small shift in exit velocity could turn his long singles into extra base hits.
Brandon Moss, KC (at TOR, at CHW)
The biggest jump in EV from Week 24 (86.2 mph) to the Week 25 Hitting Planner (96.3 mph), Brandon Moss’ power has been on full display. With three home runs in his last 18 PA, Moss owners could be in for a bigger treat as he travels to Toronto and then faces a White Sox staff that gives up 1.57 HR/9.
Ok, Manny Machado does not really count as an elder statesman compared to the others on the list. Pay attention to Dom Smith of the New York Mets as well as Matt Olsen of the Oakland Athletics to supplement HRs at first base. Both players saw a large spike in exit velocity over the past week and should be very productive in the Week 25 Hitting Planner as well. Thank you for reading and tune in next week for…
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