Kris Bryant ’s 2018 owners can blame an awkward head-first slide for a down statistical year from the slugging third baseman. He was never quite right and ended up being limited to just 102 games in 2018. In fact, it was the first time in his career that he failed to play in at least 151 games, a pretty remarkable feat to say the least. Bryant played through the injury for quite some time, and upon returning from the disabled list for the first time in the middle of July, it wasn’t more than about two weeks before he was back on the disabled list. In the opening months of the season, things were okay, relatively status quo, but June and July, aka the peak injury session of his 2018 season, things surely went awry. See for yourself in these graphs below, courtesy of Baseball Savant.

Let’s start with the first graph, dealing with Bryant’s exit velocity. Through his first two months of the season, he had an average exit velocity of 88.4 miles per hour. However, in the...