Travis Shaw goes 0-for-7 in extra inning win Saturday

by Elliott Baas | Brewers Correspondent | Sun, May 5th 11:20am EDT

Travis Shaw went 0-for-7 with a walk in the Brewers' 4-3 extra innings win over the Mets on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact:

This one hurts the old batting average, and Shaw is now down to a .177 mark on the year. On one hand, many fantasy owners must be reaching the end of their rope with Shaw, and for good reason. Not only have his surface stats been horrible, but he's striking out a career-high 30.7% of the time and his contact rate has dipped by nearly 14% to a pitiful 67.5% clip. When we're still early in the season, drastic changes in strikeout rate and contact rate can be some of the most important numbers to watch, and Shaw's look terrible. On the other hand, he's still got a 20-degree average launch angle and 39% hard hit rate, so he should be getting better results when making contact. This is a true buy-low, because there is legitimate reason to be concerned, but Shaw's track record and solid batted ball profile (outside of contact rate) indicate that he should be getting better results on batted balls. He's dirt cheap, so buy while you can and accept the risk.

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