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Solving Lefties

Left-handed batters performed poorly against Giants closer Brian Wilson in 2010.  They batted .206 against Brian, compared to .232 for RHB.  Wilson did a great job of keeping pitches away from lefties:

Brian Wilson, 2010 regular season pitch frequency against LHB.

On strikeouts, he comes no where near the center of the zone.

Brian Wilson, 2010 regular season pitch frequency against LHB on strikeouts.He's either getting good calls from the umpires, or Wilson is very good at fooling lefties at swing at pitches out of the zone.  It tuns out it a bit of both, and umpires give him lots of leeway on the low outside corner.

Brian Wilson, 2010 regular season pitch frequency against LHB, called strikeouts.For lefties, it's swing high, take low.  The movement of his pitches is toward the corner, so that might fool the umpires as well.

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