21.4 – Rookie outfielder Ryan Mountcastle is dealing with some early-season strikeout issues, with 17 in the first nine games, and his 21.4% swinging strike rate has something to do with it. Within those numbers, though, are some signs for optimism. For all of Mountcastle’s developmental goals of walking more, it’s not as if he’s chasing more pitches this year — at least not yet. According to FanGraphs, he’s swinging at 39.1% of pitches outside the zone, compared with 42% in 2020. But his swinging strike rate in 2020 was 16.2%. So it’s not as if Mountcastle is totally out of his approach. He’s still swinging at strikes this year, just not hitting them. That’s not liable to continue going forward, and both he and the Orioles will hope things turn around soon.