Monday, October 1, 2018

Brantley's Second Half 2018 #s

hello, Brantley fans! you're going to see a lot of blogs coming out this week from me containing all of Michael's final 2018 #s. but first, i have to tell you about his second half #s and statistics! the schedule after the All Star Break consisted of 67 games for the Cleveland Indians. Michael received extra rest days towards the end of the year in preparation for the playoffs, but he still played enough to be considered a qualifying player. so let's check out his performance!


post-All Star Break in 2018, Michael had a total of 259 plate appearances and 229 at bats in 59 games (481.0 innings). in total, he had 71 hits, 17 extra base hits, 54 singles, 11 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs, 20 RBI, 2 sac flies, 34 runs, 23 walks, 3 hit by pitches, 6 stolen bases (5 - 2nd, 1 - 3rd), 4 reached on fielder's choice, 1 reached on forceout, 2 reached on fielding error, 1 reached on catcher interference, 1 reached on passed ball, 1 sac bunt, 5 GIDP, 29 strikeouts (23 swinging, 6 looking), 14 first at bat hits, 99 total bases, 86 left on base, 97 putouts, 3 assists, and 1 double play.

2nd Half 2018 batting average:
.310 (71-229)

OBP: .377

SLG: .432

OPS: .810


2nd Half of July BA: .200

August BA: .333

September BA: .341


Michael's .310 batting average was the highest on the team out of all the qualifying players. Melky Cabrera was closest behind him with a .302 batting average.

here are Michael's 1st half vs. 2nd half batting average splits from the past seven seasons:
2018 - .308 vs. .310
2017 - .304 vs. .284 (not a qualifying player)
2016 - .231 (not a QP) vs. N/A
2015 - .292 vs. .335
2014 - .322 vs. .335
2013 - .279 vs. .291
2012 - .288 vs. .288

when healthy and playing, Michael has almost always been better with his bat after the All Star Break throughout his career.


Quick Overview

this portion of the schedule certainly had its fair share of ups and downs, and though it ended on a high note, Michael's second half definitely got off to a slow start. he really wasn't hitting much coming out of the break and he had some ugly slumps to prove it. the inconsistencies clearly spilled over into his season batting average as well. after a 71-day run, on July 21, Michael no longer led the team in batting average. that was the first time that was true since before he became a qualifying player on May 11. he regained the team high on July 23, but lost it again by July 31.😕

maybe the most exciting part of his second half of July was when he reached a milestone by playing in his 1,000th Major League Game on July 28. he went 2-for-4 against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park which, oddly enough, is where he made his Major League debut back on September 1, 2009, and also had a final game line of 2-for-4 at the plate.👍

when the calendar flipped to August, it took Michael a while to finally get himself on a roll again, but you could see some positive things sprouting immediately. he broke an 0-for-13 slump overall as well as an 0-for-10 with runners on base in his first game on August 3. then he broke another big slump the next day, snapping an 0-for-13 drought with RISP in 14 plate appearances. as the month progressed, he got his batting average back up to par and by the 20th, he took back the team lead in BA for good. (he did briefly own the highest average after the game on August 7, but only for one day before losing it yet again.)😀

in between his fight for best average, Michael got his first walk-off hit of the season on August 9 versus the Minnesota Twins, a team that presented a challenge for him just about all year long. it was by way of an RBI single that came in the bottom of the 9th inning.💪

another highlight for Michael transpired on August 21, when he'd built up his hitting streak at Fenway Park to 11 games, the longest active streak there by a visiting player. in addition, Michael had been in the midst of yet another skid, an 0-for-11 in 13 PA with RISP and 2 outs, but finally broke it in Boston.⚾

he also set a career high for the month of August by drawing 14 walks.👊

big improvements came for Michael in September regarding his hitting against left-handed pitchers and on the road. he was having difficulty with southpaws for a good three months before he broke out of it in a big way in September. as for his performance away from Progressive Field, well really that began its upswing in August and then he kept it going in September.🛫

the month was not without a couple worries, however. he suffered two minor bruises when he fouled a ball off his left ankle on September 5, and another off his right calf on September 25. but other than that, Michael stayed healthy.🤕

i can't forget what happened on September 22, when Michael hit his second walk-off RBI single of the 2018 campaign! this one came at the expense of the Boston Red Sox in the bottom of the 11th inning with the bases loaded. i was at that game and was so proud of him!👏

to my surprise, Michael left a lot of runners on base in September. he once again was unable to deliver in many of those situations. the evidence: an 0-for-7 slump in eight plate appearances when batting with RISP from September 8-18, and an 0-for-11 slide in 12 PA with runners on between September 10 and 20. then he finished the year in an 0-for-8 drought in 9 PA with runners on base dating back to September 23.😞

on the flip side, Michael concluded September with a 9-game hitting streak and 9-game hitting streak on the road, both of which will remain active when he starts his 2019 season, wherever that may be.😟

when the month of September wrapped up, Michael had set a career high with 14 runs, but also with 29 strikeouts. he really did strike out more than usual and seemed to have a problem laying off balls low and outside the strike zone. lamentably, the last K he got stuck with came on a botched strike 3 call. typical.🙄 (you can see how his second half really was a mixed bag, so to speak.)

and that ends Michael's regular season with the Cleveland Indians.😭 but before the tears come, we've got some postseason baseball to play! i hope the Tribe goes very far in the playoffs and that Michael does amazing in every game. leave your mark, Brant!💥

what were your favorite moments from Michael's second half? leave them in a comment!💭


Areas of Concern

i don't typically include this section in a second half #s blog, because now it's all kind of a moot point since he really can't work on anything (unless he does so in the playoffs). but i do want to quickly list out a few problem areas in particular, maybe we can refer to them as "lowlights," that Michael endured after the All Star Break.

he had a hard time batting with RISP, specifically with 1 out and 2 outs in an inning.

similarly, his performance with runners on base as a whole was less than what we usually expect from him. and because he was having trouble when guys were on base, he unfortunately stranded a lot of those runners, which was disappointing.

Michael wasn't productive when coming to bat with his 2 outs in an inning in the second half either.

finally, Michael ended up with an abnormally high number of strikeouts after the break. he even set a career high with his K total, which was quite shocking.

which areas concerned you from Michael's second half? let me know in a comment!


Team Leads and Career Highs

in the second half of 2018, Michael led the team with 71 hits, 54 singles, .310 batting average, and .377 OBP.

Michael was 2nd on the team with 99 total bases and 229 at bats. he was tied for 2nd with 1 sac bunt. also, among qualifying players, he had the 2nd least strikeouts with 29.

Michael was 3rd on the team with 34 runs, 259 plate appearances, and .810 OPS. in addition, he was tied for 3rd with 2 sac flies.

he led the outfielders with 97 putouts, 3 assists, 481.0 innings, and 58 games played. he was tied for 1st with 1 double play.

after referring to my Michael notes from his career, i learned that he set career highs in the second half with 34 runs, 3 hit by pitches, and 29 strikeouts. (the strikeouts are definitely NOT something you want to set a career high in... 😟)


League Rankings

now let's check out which stats of Michael's rank in the Top 10 around the AL and MLB at the All Star Break (via mlb.mlb.com/stats). note: a couple of NL teams played a Game 163 on October 1, ultimately changing a few of Michael's rankings among MLB LF.

among qualifying left fielders in the American League, Michael ranked 1st in singles (54), batting average (.310), and OBP (.377); 2nd in hits (71); 3rd in stolen bases (6); 4th in OPS (.810); tied for 4th in sac bunts (1); 5th in plate appearances (259) and SLG (.432); tied for 5th in hit by pitches (3), at bats (229), and games played (59); 6th in walks (23) and total bases (99); tied for 6th in doubles (11), sac flies (2), and runs (34); tied for 8th in triples (1); and tied for 10th in RBI (20). Michael also ranked 9th out of 9 players in strikeouts (29), making him the hardest AL LF to strike out after the break. 

among qualifying outfielders in the American League, Michael was 1st in singles, 4th in hits and batting average, 5th in OBP, tied for 8th in stolen bases, tied for 9th in sac bunts and at bats, and tied for 10th in sac flies and plate appearances. besides that, out of 31 players, he was 29th in strikeouts, meaning he was the 3rd toughest outfielder to strike out in the American League in the second half. 

among qualifying players in the American League, Michael ranked 2nd in singles, 6th in batting average, 8th in OBP, and tied for 8th in hits. he also ranked tied for 71st in strikeouts out of 77 players, so he was tied for the 7th hardest AL player to K post-break. 

among all qualifying left fielders in the Major Leagues, Michael was 1st in singles; 4th in hits; tied for 4th in sac bunts; 5th in OBP; 6th in stolen bases and batting average; tied for 6th in sac flies; 9th in plate appearances; tied for 9th in hit by pitches; and tied for 10th in runs, at bats, and games played. he was also 19th of 20 players in strikeouts, or the 2nd toughest left fielder in MLB to strike out after the break.

among all qualifying outfielders in the Major Leagues, Michael ranked 2nd in singles and 8th in hits. he additionally ranked 57th out of 60 players in strikeouts, meaning he was the 4th hardest MLB OF to strike out in the second half. 

among all qualifying players in the Major Leagues, Michael was tied for 3rd in singles and his strikeouts were tied for 141st out of 149 players, making him tied for the 9th hardest player to strike out in all of Major League Baseball post-break.


HR:RBI Ratio, K Rate, LOB, and Outs

in the second half of the season, Michael had 5 home runs. he was going through a bit of a power lull before hitting three long balls in September. if only he could have hit a few more out in August or straight out of the break in July, but this still isn't bad. i say it all the time--you don't have to be a home run hitter to be productive or an important part of a team. sorry if that's not sexy but it's true. Francisco Lindor had the most homers post-break with 13. Yonder Alonso, Edwin Encarnacion, and Jose Ramirez all had 10. Jason Kipnis hit nine while Melky Cabrera and Yan Gomes tied for 6th with their six bombs. Michael's 5 ranked 8th on the team.

after the break, Michael had a total of 20 RBI vs. 86 men left on base. i can't sugarcoat it, this is disappointing. he really struggled when his teammates were on base in the second half and that not only hurt some of his situational batting averages, but it also kept him from obtaining more ribbies. he basically robbed himself. this was definitely not the [lack of] production that Michael is capable of. the post-break leader in RBI was Encarnacion with 42. Kipnis was next with 36 and Ramirez was right behind him with 35. Alonso and Lindor had 30 runs batted in and Cabrera totaled 28. Michael's 20 ranked 7th. no one else had more than 16 ribbies in the second half.

the HR:RBI ratio for Michael's second half is as follows: three of Michael's 5 home runs were solo and two were 2-run bombs. therefore, 15% of his 20 RBI came from his solo homers, while 35% of his 20 RBI came from all 5 of his home runs.

Michael's post-break K rate was 11.2% (29 K/259 PA). he averaged 1 strikeout for every 8.9 plate appearances. yeah, his number of strikeouts really ticked up in the second half, as Michael was swinging at several balls outside the zone. whether a lot of pitchers' stuff was very deceptive and he was being tricked more, i'm not sure, but it was pretty obvious that his K rate was going to be higher than normal.

in the second half, Michael had 73 groundouts, 25 lineouts, 21 flyouts, and 10 pop outs versus 29 strikeouts. even with the higher strikeout count, he still made contact with the ball more often than not, at an 81.6% rate prior to getting out, to be exact. something else that didn't change after the break was Michael's high ground ball percentage. he mainly hit bouncing balls on the ground as opposed to getting them up in the air and them possibly dropping in for a few more hits.


Reached Base vs. Left Stranded

in the second half of 2018, Michael reached base a total of 106 times via hits, walks, hit by pitches, fielder's choices, fielding errors, catcher interference, forceouts, and passed balls (after striking out). he scored 34 runs total, 5 of which came from his own home runs. so he was driven in by others 29 times and was left stranded 65 times. (he was lifted for pinch runner four times, hit a walk-off single twice--when he technically was not stranded even though he reached, and thrown out trying to advance to 2nd base once, so i had to subtract seven from the total count here.) i mean, he did set a career high for runs scored in a second half, but he could have had more runs for sure. Jose Ramirez had been struggling to hit for most of the last two months and since he bats behind Michael, he's a direct contributor to Dr. Smooth being left on as much as he was after the break.


Streaks and Situational Statistics

Michael hit in 45 of the 59 games he played in the 2nd half of 2018 and reached base safely in 52 games. he had 14 hitless games, but still reached base in 7 of those. Michael had 21 multi-hit games, 5 three+ hit games, and 2 multi-RBI games. he had at least 1 RBI in 18 games. in addition, he had 4 go-ahead hits and 5 go-ahead RBI. the Indians were 35-24 in games that Michael played in and 4-4 in the games he sat out/missed.

Michael had a few noteworthy streaks in his 2nd half of the year, including:

--a 9-game on-base streak at home between July 25 - August 17. it began on July 25, then continued over August 3-9 and August 17.

--a 15-game on-base streak between July 31 - August 17. it began on July 31, then continued over August 3-15 and August 17.

--a 9-game on-base streak on the road between July 31 - August 21. it began on July 31, then continued over August 10-15 and August 20-21.

--a 7-game hitting streak on the road between August 11-21. it spanned over August 11-15 and August 20-21.

--an active 9-game hitting streak on the road between September 8-30. it spans over September 8-11, September 25-26, and September 28-30.

--an active 9-game on-base streak on the road between September 8-30.

--an active 9-game hitting streak between September 20-30. it spans over September 20-23, September 25-26, and September 28-30.
 
--an active 9-game on-base streak between September 20-30.

he will start the 2019 season with a 9-game hitting steak on the road, 9-game on-base streak on the road, 9-game hitting streak, and 9-game on-base streak.

after the break, Michael bat .315 (51-for-162) against right-handed pitchers and .299 (20-for-67) against left-handed pitchers. he had a major improvement against southpaws in the second half and i was so happy to see that.

in the second half, Michael hit .313 (35-for-112) with 10 RBI at home. he had 5 doubles and 2 home runs (7 extra base hits) at Progressive Field, along with 1 sac fly, 17 runs, 9 walks, 2 hit by pitches, 5 stolen bases (4 - 2nd, 1 - 3rd), 1 sac bunt, 1 GIDP, 13 strikeouts (11 swinging, 2 looking), and 46 total bases while playing 29 out of 31 total home games. he reached base on 1 fielder's choice, 1 forceout, 2 fielding errors, and 1 passed ball as well. he hit safely in 22 of the 29 home games he played in and safely reached base in 26 of them. he had 7 hitless games at home, reaching base in 4. he had at least 1 RBI in 10 home games.

Michael hit .308 (36-for-117) with 10 RBI away from Progressive Field. he finally figured out how to hit on the road again! wahoo! he had 6 doubles, 1 triple, and 3 home runs (10 extra base hits) on the road, along with 1 sac fly, 17 runs, 7 walks, 1 hit by pitch, 1 stolen base (2nd), 4 GIDP, 16 strikeouts (12 swinging, 4 looking), and 53 total bases while playing 30 out of 36 total road games. he hit safely in 23 of the 30 road games he played in and safely reached base in 26 of them. he had 7 hitless games away from home, reaching base in 3. he had at least 1 RBI in 8 road games.

Michael bat .222 (12-for-54) with runners in scoring position with 12 RBI after the break. categorically, he bat .294 (5-for-17) with RISP and 0 outs, .222 (4-for-18) with RISP and 1 out, and .158 (3-for-19) with RISP and 2 outs. oof. it was not a kind second half for Michael in regards to RISP. he especially struggled in 1 out and 2 out situations and that was very unfortunate. he's better than this and his past proves that.

with 2 outs in an inning, Michael hit .259 (14-for-54). he had 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 8 walks, 1 hit by pitch, and 3 strikeouts (2 swinging, 1 looking). guess it didn't matter if there were runners in scoring position or not, he just didn't bat well with 2 outs in any capacity. he went in the total opposite direction of his first half here. blah.

additionally, he hit .274 (26-for-95) with 17 RBI with runners on base and .250 (1-for-4) with 2 RBI with the bases loaded after the break. decreases in both circumstances, but the most disconcerting was the former. in general, he had difficulty any time a guy was on base when he came to bat in the second half and that was so uncharacteristic of him, it was shocking.

finally, Michael hit .336 (45-for-134) with the bases empty. well that makes sense--if he couldn't hit with runners on, but still hit overall, then he must have done the majority of his damage when the bases were clear. he had 7 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 3 RBI, 15 walks, 2 hit by pitches, and 20 strikeouts (18 swinging, 2 looking) when batting with nobody on base.

post-break, Michael had a 1.4 fWAR (wins above replacement), a 121 wRC+ (weighted runs created plus--the ability to create runs compared to the league average), and a 1.3 BsR (baserunning runs above average with stolen bases and caught stealings). among nine qualifying AL left fielders, Michael's BsR ranked 2nd, his fWAR ranked 3rd, and his wRC+ ranked 4th. [these stats all came courtesy of fangraphs.com.]


Versus AL Central Division Teams

vs. the Minnesota Twins, Michael bat .278 (10-for-36) in 9 of 10 games--2 of the 3 on the road and 7 at home--in the second half. (he had 1 scheduled day off during one August road series.) the Indians went 6-3 in the games he played in and won the game he did not play in. overall, Michael had 8 singles and 2 extra base hits, including 2 doubles, as well as 2 RBI, 4 runs, 3 walks, 1 hit by pitch, 2 stolen bases (2nd), 1 first at bat hit, and 12 total bases. he also reached base on 2 fielder's choices, reached base on 1 fielding error, had 2 strikeouts swinging, and left 20 men on base. furthermore, he had a .350 OBP, .333 SLG, and .683 OPS. in left field, Michael recorded 19 putouts while playing 78.1 innings, but only 8 complete games. he was lifted for a pinch runner in the bottom of the 7th inning in 1 game in August because the Indians were winning. this was an improvement from his first half against this team, who really had Michael puzzled until the two home series in August.

vs. the Detroit Tigers, Michael bat .333 (7-for-21) in 5 of 6 games--3 on the road and 2 of the 3 at home--in the second half. (he had 1 scheduled day off during one September home series, the day after the Indians clinched the AL Central Division.) the Indians went 3-2 in the games he played in and lost the game he did not play in. overall, Michael had 5 singles and 2 extra base hits, including 1 triple and 1 home run, as well as 1 RBI, 5 runs, 2 walks, 3 first at bat hits, and 12 total bases. he also reached base on 1 forceout, grounded into 1 double play, had 4 strikeouts (2 looking, 2 swinging), and left 8 men on base. furthermore, he had a .391 OBP, .571 SLG, and .963 OPS. in left field, Michael recorded 5 putouts and acquired 1 assist while playing 38 innings, but only 3 complete games. he was subbed out defensively after 7 innings in 1 game in July because the Indians were winning a blowout, and he was subbed out defensively after 5 innings in 1 game in September because the Indians were winning a blowout. Michael's always had a somewhat easy time hitting Detroit pitching, for the most part, and this was no exception.

vs. the Chicago White Sox, Michael bat .345 (10-for-29) in 8 of 9 games--5 of the 6 on the road and 3 at home--in the second half. (he had 1 scheduled day off during one September road series.) the Indians went 5-3 in the games he played in and won the game he did not play in. overall, Michael had 6 singles and 4 extra base hits, including 2 doubles and 2 home runs, as well as 3 RBI, 1 sac fly, 7 runs, 4 walks, 1 stolen base (2nd), 1 first at bat hit, and 18 total bases. he also reached base on catcher interference once, reached base on 1 passed ball (after a strikeout swinging), had 4 strikeouts (2 swinging, 2 looking), and left 8 men on base. furthermore, he had a .412 OBP, .621 SLG, and 1.032 OPS. in left field, Michael recorded 7 putouts while playing 64 innings, but only 5 complete games. he was lifted for a pinch runner in the top of the 8th inning in 1 game because the Indians were winning, he was removed as a precaution after 5 innings in 1 game in September because he had fouled a ball off his right calf in an earlier at bat and it stiffened up, and he was lifted for a pinch runner in the top of the 7th inning in 1 game in September because the Indians were winning a blowout. another impressive series against a divisional foe.

vs. the Kansas City Royals, Michael bat .281 (9-for-32) in 8 of 10 games--6 of the 7 on the road and 2 of the 3 at home--in the second half. (he had 1 scheduled day off during one September road series and he had 1 scheduled day off during one September home series.) the Indians went 4-4 in the games he played in and 1-1 in the games he did not play in. overall, Michael had 9 singles, 1 RBI, 2 runs, 2 walks, 1 hit by pitch, 1 stolen base (2nd), 2 first at bat hits, and 9 total bases. he also grounded into 2 double plays, had 7 strikeouts (5 swinging, 2 looking), and left 9 men on base. furthermore, he had a .343 OBP, .281 SLG, and .624 OPS. in left field, Michael recorded 18 putouts, acquired 1 assist, and turned 1 double play while playing 61 innings, but only 5 complete games. he was subbed out defensively after 6 innings in 1 game in September because the Indians were winning a blowout, he was subbed out defensively after 6 innings in 1 game in September because the Indians were losing and he had played enough, and he was lifted for a pinch runner in the top of the 7th inning in 1 game in September because it was the final game of the year and he had played enough. Michael might have done a little better against this team had he gotten a few more ABs when playing KC, instead of receiving those couple of games off and being subbed out earlier each day during the final weekend of the year.

were you satisfied with Michael's numbers against the AL Central in the 2nd half? why or why not?


Interleague Play

the Indians played a total of six games against two National League teams in the second half of 2018. Michael played in all six of those games. the Indians went 4-2 in the games he played in. overall, Michael bat .318 (7-for-22) in Interleague Play. 

vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates at Progressive Field, Michael bat .222 (2-for-9) in 3 home games in July. the Indians went 1-2 in the games he played in. overall, Michael had 2 singles, 1 sac bunt, and 2 total bases. he also had 1 strikeout swinging and left 1 man on base. furthermore, he had a .222 OBP, .222 SLG, and .444 OPS. in left field, Michael played 20 innings, but only 2 complete games. he was subbed out defensively after 5 innings in 1 game because the Indians were losing a blowout. he recorded 2 putouts as well.

vs. the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park (no designated hitter allowed), Michael bat .385 (5-for-13) in 3 road games in August. the Indians went 3-0 in the games he played in. overall, Michael had 4 singles, 1 extra base hit--a double, 1 RBI, 4 runs, 2 walks, 1 first at bat hit, and 6 total bases. he also had 2 strikeouts swinging and left 3 men on base. furthermore, he had a .467 OBP, .462 SLG, and .928 OPS. in left field, Michael played 26 innings, but only 2 complete games. he was subbed out defensively after 8 innings in 1 game because the Indians were winning a blowout. he recorded 8 putouts as well.

what did you think about Michael's performance in these two IL series? leave any thoughts in a comment!


In The Field

in the second half, Michael had 97 putouts and 3 assists in 100 total chances, giving the left fielder a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. he also turned 1 double play.

additionally, Michael played 58 straight games in the outfield without committing an error in the second half of 2018.




now let's break down the numbers. i am going to document his 2nd Half 2018 #s, the 2nd spot #s, the 6th spot #s, and the PH #s, as well as the left field #s, the BOP + left field #s, and overall outfield #s.

2nd Half 2018 batting average: .310

OBP: .377

SLG: .432

OPS: .810



Michael played in 59 (of ) 67 games, 44 complete, after the All Star Break.

he started and played left field in 58 games, completing 44 of those games, appearing in 58 total. 

he was subbed out defensively in 9 games after playing a total of 59 innings; 6 games after playing a total of 38 innings (5 innings/7 innings/8 innings/7 innings/5 innings/6 innings per game) because the Indians were winning a blowout; 1 game after 5 innings because the Indians were losing a blowout; 1 game after 10 innings because he had played enough; and 1 game after 6 innings because the Indians were losing and he had played enough.

he was lifted for a PR in 4 games after playing a total of 26 innings; 1 game in the bottom of the 7th inning because the Indians were winning, 1 game in the top of the 8th inning because the Indians were winning, 1 game in the top of the 7th inning because the Indians were winning, and 1 game in the top of the 7th inning because it was the final game of the year and he had played enough.

he was removed as a precaution (right calf contusion) from 1 game after playing 5 innings.

he came in to PH in the top of the 10th inning in 1 game.

he missed 1 game due to a bruised left ankle. 

he got 7 scheduled games off.


Michael bat 2nd in 58 games.

Michael bat 6th in 1 game. (1 PH)


Michael played left field in 58 games. (44 complete, 9 subbed out: 59 innings, 4 lifted for PR: 26 innings, 1 removed as precaution: 5 innings)

Michael was a PH in 1 game.

Michael played in 44 complete games.



in the 2nd Half of 2018, Michael had a total of 259 plate appearances and 229 at bats in 59 games. here is how he fared:

71 hits

17 extra base hits

54 singles

11 doubles

1 triple

5 home runs

20 RBI

2 sac flies

34 runs

23 walks

3 hit by pitches

6 stolen bases (5 - 2nd, 1 - 3rd)

4 reached on fielder's choice

1 reached on forceout

2 reached on fielding error

1 reached on catcher interference

1 reached on passed ball (after SO swinging)

1 sac bunt

5 GIDP

29 strikeouts (23 swinging, 6 looking)

14 first at bat hits

99 total bases

86 left on base


97 putouts

3 assists

1 double play

481.0 innings, 59 games

(44 complete games)

2nd Half 2018 batting average: .310 (71-229) (59 games)


now let's break down his numbers based on where he hit in the lineup.


when Michael bat 2nd in the 2nd Half, he had a total of 258 plate appearances and 228 at bats in 58 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

71 hits

17 extra base hits

54 singles

11 doubles

1 triple

5 home runs

20 RBI

2 sac flies

34 runs

23 walks

3 hit by pitches

6 stolen bases (5 - 2nd, 1 -3rd)

4 reached on fielder's choice

1 reached on forceout

2 reached on fielding error

1 reached on catcher interference

1 reached on passed ball (after SO swinging)

1 sac bunt

5 GIDP

29 strikeouts (23 swinging, 6 looking)

14 first at bat hits

99 total bases

85 left on base


97 putouts

3 assists

1 double play

481.0 innings, 58 games

(44 complete games)

2nd Half 2018 batting average in the 2nd spot: .311 (71-228) (58 games)


when Michael bat 2nd and played left in the 2nd Half, he had a total of 258 plate appearances and 228 at bats in 58 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

71 hits

17 extra base hits

54 singles

11 doubles

1 triple

5 home runs

20 RBI

2 sac flies

34 runs

23 walks

3 hit by pitches

6 stolen bases (5 - 2nd, 1 - 3rd)

4 reached on fielder's choice

1 reached on forceout

2 reached on fielding error

1 reached on catcher interference

1 reached on passed ball (after SO swinging)

1 sac bunt

5 GIDP

29 strikeouts (23 swinging, 6 looking)

14 first at bat hits

99 total bases

85 left on base


97 putouts

3 assists

1 double play

481.0 innings, 58 games

(44 complete games)

2nd Half 2018 batting average in the 2nd spot while playing left: .311 (71-228) (58 games)


when Michael bat 6th in the 2nd Half, he had a total of 1 plate appearance and 1 at bat in 1 game. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

0 hits

1 left on base


1 game

2nd Half 2018 batting average in the 6th spot: .000 (0-1) (1 game)


when Michael bat 6th and was a PH in the 2nd Half, he had a total of 1 plate appearance and 1 at bat in 1 game. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

0 hits

1 left on base


1 game

2nd Half 2018 batting average in the 6th spot as a PH: .000 (0-1) (1 game)


when Michael came in to PH in the 2nd Half, he had a total of 1 plate appearance and 1 at bat in 1 game. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

0 hits

1 left on base


1 game

2nd Half 2018 batting average as a PH: .000 (0-1) (1 game)


when Michael played the outfield in the 2nd Half, he had a total of 258 plate appearances and 228 at bats in 58 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

71 hits

17 extra base hits

54 singles

11 doubles

1 triple

5 home runs

20 RBI

2 sac flies

34 runs

23 walks

3 hit by pitches

6 stolen bases (5 - 2nd, 1 - 3rd)

4 reached on fielder's choice

1 reached on forceout

2 reached on fielding error

1 reached on catcher interference

1 reached on passed ball (after SO swinging)

1 sac bunt

5 GIDP

29 strikeouts (23 swinging, 6 looking)

14 first at bat hits

99 total bases

85 left on base


97 putouts

3 assists

1 double play

481.0 innings, 58 games

(44 complete games) 

2nd Half 2018 batting average while playing the outfield: .311 (71-228) (58 games)


now let's break down his numbers specific to where he played in the outfield.


when Michael played left field in the 2nd Half, he had a total of 258 plate appearances and 228 at bats in 58 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

71 hits

17 extra base hits

54 singles

11 doubles

1 triple

5 home runs

20 RBI

2 sac flies

34 runs

23 walks

3 hit by pitches

6 stolen bases (5 - 2nd, 1 - 3rd)

4 reached on fielder's choice

1 reached on forceout

2 reached on fielding error

1 reached on catcher interference

1 reached on passed ball (after SO swinging)

1 sac bunt

5 GIDP

29 strikeouts (23 swinging, 6 looking)

14 first at bat hits

99 total bases

85 left on base


97 putouts

3 assists

1 double play

481.0 innings, 58 games

(44 complete games)

2nd Half 2018 batting average while playing left field: .311 (71-228) (58 games)



2nd Half 2018 #s while playing left field: 97 putouts, 3 assists, 0 errors, 1 double play, 1.000 fielding percentage (481.0 innings, 58 games)

2nd Half 2018 #s while playing the outfield: 97 putouts, 3 assists, 0 errors, 1 double play, 1.000 fielding percentage (481.0 innings, 58 games)



now here are my 2nd Half game-by-game numbers and notes.

Game 1 of 1/Game 85 of 96, July 20: 0-6, reached on fielder's choice. AVG: .303
[2nd/LF/CG11]

Game 2 of 2/Game 86 of 97, July 21: 1-3, reached on fielder's choice (first at bat), RBI single, run, walk, run. AVG: .303
[2nd/LF/GS5]

Game 3 of 3/Game 87 of 98, July 22: 1-4, double (first at bat). AVG: .302
[2nd/LF/CG8]

Game 4 of 4/Game 88 of 99, July 23: 1-3, single. AVG: .303
[2nd/LF/CG6]

Game 5 of 5/Game 89 of 100, July 24: 0-2, sac bunt (first plate appearance). AVG: .301
[2nd/LF/GS5]

Game 6 of 6/Game 90 of 101, July 25: 1-4, single. AVG: .300
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 7 of 7/Game 91 of 102, July 27: 2-5, single, single, run. AVG: .302
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 8 of 8/Game 92 of 103, July 28: 2-4, single (first at bat), single. AVG: .304

Game 9 of 9/Game 93 of 104, July 29: 1-5, triple (first at bat), run. AVG: .302
[2nd/LF/GS7]

Game 10 of 10/Game 94 of 105, July 30: 0-5. AVG: .298
[2nd/LF/CG8.1]

Game 11 of 11/Game 95 of 106, July 31: 0-4, walk (first plate appearance), reached on fielder's choice. AVG: .295
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game /12 & /107, August 1: scheduled day off.

Game 12 of 13/Game 96 of 108, August 3: 1-5, RBI double (first at bat), run. AVG: .294
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 13 of 14/Game 97 of 109, August 4: 1-2, walk (first plate appearance), walk, RBI single. AVG: .295
[2nd/LF/CG9] 

Game 14 of 15/Game 98 of 110, August 5: 0-3, walk (first plate appearance), run. AVG: .293
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 15 of 16/Game 99 of 111, August 6: 2-3, single (first at bat), run, single, stolen base (2nd), walk. AVG: .296
[2nd/LF/GS7]

^^Michael was lifted for a pinch runner in the bottom of the 7th inning after drawing a walk.^^

Game 16 of 17/Game 100 of 112, August 7: 2-3, hit by pitch (first plate appearance), single, single, run. AVG: .299
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 17 of 18/Game 101 of 113, August 8: 0-4, reached on fielding error (first at bat), stolen base (2nd), RBI groundout. AVG: .296
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 18 of 19/Game 102 of 114, August 9: 1-4, walk (first plate appearance), RBI single. AVG: .295
[2nd/LF/CG9] 

^^Michael hit a walk-off single^^

Game 19 of 20/Game 103 of 115, August 10: 0-3, reached on catcher interference. AVG: .293
[2nd/LF/CG8]

Game 20 of 21/Game 104 of 116, August 11: 3-4, double, home run, run, single. AVG: .297
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 21 of 22/Game 105 of 117, August 12: 1-3, single (first at bat), run, walk, run, walk. AVG: .298
[2nd/LF/GS7]

^^Michael was lifted for a pinch runner in the top of the 8th inning one batter after drawing a walk.^^

Game 22 of 23/Game 106 of 118, August 13: 3-6, single, run, RBI double, run, single. AVG: .300
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 23 of 24/Game 107 of 119, August 14: 1-4, walk (first plate appearance), run, single, run. AVG: .300
[2nd/LF/GS8]

Game 24 of 25/Game 108 of 120, August 15: 1-3, single (first at bat), walk. AVG: .300
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 25 of 26/Game 109 of 121, August 17: 1-2, walk (first plate appearance), run, walk, single. AVG: .301
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 26 of 27/Game 110 of 122, August 18: 0-3, RBI sac fly. AVG: .299
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 27 of 28/Game 111 of 123, August 19: 2-5, single, RBI double, run. AVG: .300
[2nd/LF/GS7]

Game 28 of 29/Game 112 of 124, August 20: 2-4, 2-run home run, run, single. AVG: .302
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 29 of 30/Game 113 of 125, August 21: 2-4, walk, double, RBI single. AVG: .304
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 30 of 31/Game 114 of 126, August 22: 0-4. AVG: .301
[2nd/LF/CG8]

Game /32 & /127, August 23: scheduled day off.

Game 31 of 33/Game 115 of 128, August 24: 2-4, RBI single, single, walk. AVG: .303
[2nd/LF/CG8]

Game 32 of 34/Game 116 of 129, August 25: 0-4. AVG: .300
[2nd/LF/CG8]

Game 33 of 35/Game 117 of 130, August 26: 2-5, single (first at bat), single, walk. AVG: .301
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 34 of 36/Game 118 of 131, August 28: 3-5, reached on fielder's choice (first at bat), single, run, single, single. AVG: .304
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 35 of 37/Game 119 of 132, August 29: 0-4. AVG: .302
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 36 of 38/Game 120 of 133, August 30: 2-4, double, run, double. AVG: .304
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 37 of 39/Game 121 of 134, August 31: 1-4, RBI single. AVG: .303
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 38 of 40/Game 122 of 135, September 1: 2-4, single (first at bat), stolen base (2nd), stolen base (3rd), single, reached on fielding error. AVG: .305
[2nd/LF/CG9] 

Game 39 of 41/Game 123 of 136, September 2: 1-4, double, run. AVG: .304
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 40 of 42/Game 124 of 137, September 3: 1-4, single. AVG: .304
[2nd/LF/CG9]
Game /43 & /138, September 4: scheduled day off.

Game 41 of 44/Game 125 of 139, September 5: 1-4, single, run. AVG: .303
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game /45 & /140, September 6: didn't take batting practice, out with sore/stiff left foot. he fouled a ball off the top of his foot yesterday in the bottom of the 3rd inning and it stiffened up on the flight to Toronto. he got checked out and is okay, but got the night off to rebound.

September 7: one more night off. Francona was being overprotective, said the foot was fine. injury was actually a bruised left ankle. this was precautionary. he did good work pregame, took batting practice on the field, but Tito elected to keep him off the astroturf.

Game 42 of 46/Game 126 of 141, September 7: 0-1. AVG: .303
[6th/PH] 

^^Michael did not start this game, but came in to pinch hit in the top of the 10th inning.^^

Game 43 of 47/Game 127 of 142, September 8: 2-4, walk (first plate appearance), 2-run home run, run, walk, single. AVG: .304
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 44 of 48/Game 128 of 143, September 9: 2-4, single (first at bat), single. AVG: .306
[2nd/LF/CG8]

Game 45 of 49/Game 129 of 144, September 10: 2-4, walk (first plate appearance), run, single, double. AVG: .307
[2nd/LF/CG8.2]

Game 46 of 50/Game 130 of 145, September 11: 1-4, single. AVG: .307
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game /51 & /146, September 12: scheduled day off.

Game 47 of 52/Game 131 of 147, September 14: 0-4, reached on forceout. AVG: .305
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 48 of 53/Game 132 of 148, September 15: 2-3, home run (first at bat), run, walk, run, walk, single, run. AVG: .307
[2nd/LF/GS5]

Game /54 & /149, September 16: scheduled day off (day after clinch).

Game 49 of 55/Game 133 of 150, September 18: 1-4, single. AVG: .306
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 50 of 56/Game 134 of 151, September 19: 0-4, reached on passed ball after SO swinging. AVG: .304
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 51 of 57/Game 135 of 152, September 20: 3-6, home run (first at bat), run, single, stolen base (2nd), run, single. AVG: .306
[2nd/LF/CG11]

Game 52 of 58/Game 136 of 153, September 21: 2-4, single, bunt single, hit by pitch, run. AVG: .308
[2nd/LF/CG9]

Game 53 of 59/Game 137 of 154, September 22: 3-6, single (first at bat), single, RBI single. AVG: .310
[2nd/LF/CG11]

^^Michael hit a walk-off single^^

Game 54 of 60/Game 138 of 155, September 23: 1-5, single, run. AVG: .309
[2nd/LF/GS10]

Game /61 & /156, September 24: scheduled day off.

Game 55 of 62/Game 139 of 157, September 25: 1-2, walk (first plate appearance), double, run. AVG: .309
[2nd/LF/GS5]

^^Michael was removed and subbed out of the game defensively as a precaution before the bottom of the 6th inning after fouling a pitch off his right calf in his at bat in the top of the 4th.^^

Game 56 of 63/Game 140 of 158, September 26: 1-3, walk, run, RBI sac fly, single. AVG: .309
[2nd/LF/GS6] 

^^Michael was lifted for a pinch runner in the top of the 7th inning after hitting a single.^^

Game /64 & /159, September 27: scheduled day off.

Game 57 of 65/Game 141 of 160, September 28: 1-4, single. AVG: .309
[2nd/LF/GS6]

Game 58 of 66/Game 142 of 161, September 29: 1-4, single (first at bat), run. AVG: .309
[2nd/LF/GS6]

Game 59 of 67/Game 143 of 162, September 30: 1-3, hit by pitch, stolen base (2nd), single. AVG: .309
[2nd/LF/GS6] 

^^Michael was lifted for a pinch runner in the top of the 7th inning after hitting a single.^^

~~Michael finishes the second half/year with a 9-game hitting streak, 9-game on-base streak, 9-game hitting streak on the road, and 9-game on-base streak on the road~~



to see Michael's numbers and stats from his first half of 2018, please refer back to:
Brantley's First Half 2018 #s

what's coming up next:
Brantley's 2018 Game-by-Game Numbers & Notes


don't forget, i will be live tweeting all the postseason games (that i don't go to), so keep following me on twitter @clevelandgirl23 for all the details on his plate appearances and catches in left field, along with other news i come across. and i am planning to continue running my #CelebratingMichaelBrantley series every Monday throughout the playoffs until the Indians are eliminated. all season long, i posted special and important moments from Michael's now-10 year career with the Tribe. if you missed anything, just search back through the hashtag to see some of the exciting things Michael did in an Indians uniform. and feel free to contribute your own favorite memories of Michael to the thread, too!🎉 he won't be ours for much longer... 😭

with all the blogs i have going up this week, this would be a great time to join my subscription list if you're not already on it. simply enter your email address in the box underneath the Blog Archive sidebar over on the upper right side of the page and then you'll always receive notifications sent directly to your inbox whenever i post something new!📧

lastly, once again, if you want to make some postseason predictions, you can do so in the comments below!
who do you think will win the American League Division Series, Houston or Cleveland, and how many games will it take?
what will Michael's ALDS batting average be, how many HR will he hit, and how many RBI will he acquire?💭

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