It hasn’t been an easy run early on for Chase Utley. He has played in seven games since returning from the disabled list, batting .208 with one home run and two RBI. Defensively, everything looks to be relatively normal. It’s the bat that is the issue.
To be fair, Utley is still basically in Spring Training mode. He’s only 29 plate appearances into the season, and although the numbers aren’t there yet, there is a still a long season ahead for him to get it going. Utley’s batting average is quite low at this point, although he’s finding ways to contribute.
But what are YOU seeing? Are you happy with the progression? Are you happy with the way Charlie Manuel is utilizing Utley? Is this the breaking point for you – are you ready to start seeing the results from Chase ASAP?
Tell us what you think about Utley in the early going thus far. There are no wrong answers.