Struggling Matt Chapman looks to regain form, hits two homers in Athletics win over Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Chapman’s mom has gotten used to the army sergeant buzzcut, but the look alarmed the third baseman’s Postmates delivery guy the other day.

“I kinda snuck up behind him like ‘Matt?’ and he was like ‘Woah!’ Chapman said. “I’ve never had people freak out over a haircut like this before.”

All this attention paid to one haircut might be spent elsewhere if the haircut-to-offensive-production correlation didn’t fit so seamlessly. Since Chad Pinder took clippers to his locks in Chicago, Chapman’s put together a .313 average with three home runs.

Two of those home runs came Wednesday afternoon. His first-inning homer off Tyler Beede and ninth-inning one off Trevor Gott sandwiched the A’s wild 9-5 win over the Giants at Oracle Park, splitting the two-game bout that kicked off the Bay Bridge Series to conclude at the Coliseum on August 24 and 25.

Do fewer hairs on his head alleviate some pressures at the plate?

“I don’t know, maybe,” Chapman said. “Helmet feels a little better on my head.”

He’ll knock on wood when reminded, but Chapman has a five-game hitting streak with a bald head. Surely this is a coincidence (right?), but the A’s star was sure to break out of his strange lull. His world is tilting back to its normal state.

Chapman is still extending through fastballs away — like on that 3-2 fastball Tyler Beede served up that left Chapman’s bat at 106 mph 411 feet into the centerfield bleachers.

106 EV
411 feet
Home run No. 26 for Matt Chapman on two strike fastball

— Shayna Rubin (@ShaynaRubin) August 14, 2019

But now he’s making healthier contact on breaking balls. Instead of getting on top of Trevor Gott’s two-strike curveball, Chapman barreled it 434 feet into left-center. It was a crucial swing that seemed to take the wheels off a …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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