I'm likely in the minority on this post but I think Reynolds has a chance to salvage his season and turn in a line closer to his track record. I'm not necessarily a big fan of Mark Reynolds but what I am a fan of is examining established major league player's track records over the course of their career rather than down months or in Reynolds' case, a down year. Insert jokes about Reynolds not being an established major league ball player here.
Even though I'm more coming at this from a devil's advocate angle I thought it would be fun to consider what Mark Reynolds' line would look like IF he got hot for the remainder of the season. The fact is that over the last 4 years he's never hit less than 28 home runs and while I don't think there's anyway he does that this year he's streaky enough to end up with 20 plus bombs at the end of September.
He's so streaky and has such above average power that it wouldn't take long to bring his numbers up. His average is only 10 points lower than where it ended last year and although he won't hit 37 home runs this year I could see him going on a hot streak and bashing another 12 over the next two months.
August typically is Reynolds' best month of his career in several key statistical categories. BABIP
is .338 - higher than any other month
Slugging % is .520 - higher than any other month
HR total is 35 - also higher than any other month
If he has a strong August he could be the free agent bat we needed to trade for to make a serious run at a playoff spot.
Again, I'm still not a huge Reynolds fan, don't get me wrong, but he's simply not as bad as he has looked this year and his track record shows that. Just saying.