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Monday
Oct182010

Phil Hughes with Two Strikes

Phil Hughes had a little trouble with two strikes against the Rangers' hitters in Game 2 of the ALCS.  He went to two strikes on two lefty batters, walking one and yielding a double to the other.  After two strikes to 10 right handed Rangers, Hughes allowed 4 hits (2 doubles, 1 triple) while striking out 3.

Phil Hughes Contact Rate with 2 Strikes (26 pitches)Phil Hughes In Play Rate with 2 Strikes (26 pitches)The top map shows the contact rate (number of balls in play + fouls / number of swings) against Phil Hughes with two strikes on Saturday.  Too much red there.  The bottom map shows the in play rate (balls put in play / swings).  It seemed as though Hughes was trying to elevate his pitches with two strikes against the Rangers, but they weren't missing.  Just for comparison, here's his 2010 in play map:

Phil Hughes 2010 In Play Rate with 2 Strikes vs. RHB (492 pitches)

Phil Hughes 2010 In Play Rate with 2 Strikes vs. LHB (524 pitches)

 

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Reader Comments (1)

This seems to confirm a thought I had after watching the game-- with two strikes, perhaps he wasn't throwing the ball high enough? i.e. rather than throwing fastballs high and out of the zone (where, presumably, it is harder to hit them), he missed by putting them high but in the strike zone.


An unrelated question-- It would be more useful to have a metric of sample size in here. For example, the red spots far out of the zone, low-and-away, in the 2010 aggregate plots are very distracting, but presumably based on relatively few pitches. Perhaps you are trying to do this with the shading?

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteromar

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