It was the best of a 19.3 infield-fly-ball percentage, it was the worst of a 19.3 infield-fly-ball percentage.
Unlike Dickens, I don't get paid by the word. So I'll jump into the worst of times that surprisingly hold good news.
More ups from Upton
B.J. Upton ... OK, fine, you can go vomit. I'll wait.
Cleansed? Cool. Like your stomach, your perspective on Bossman Junior needs a reset. He disappointed so many who pegged him as a top-60 player (raises hand), thanks to his subterranean plate discipline finally showing him his basement.
One statistic that with an intense swing in one direction can dictate your BABIP is the rate of infield fly balls. And speaking of swing, the flawed hacks Upton seemed to be taking last year caused him to pop up more than ever. And at a rate more frequent than qualifying leader Andrelton Simmons' 17.8, that marks plenty of times missing a ball just enough to get under it.
A straighter path toward the ball, which Upton is working on with former Chicago White Sox and current Atlanta Braves bats coach Greg Walker, would rectify this poor fortune. Not saying he'll be 30-30 anytime soon, but 20-20 is well within reach for the price of a fifth mixed outfielder. Don't turn that meatball of profit into a can of corn.
Who may hurt his owners more than Dickens hurt his editors?
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