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Thursday
Dec092010

Crawford's Power

Carl Crawford should adjust well to Fenway Park, especially with the rightfield bullpens moving in ten feet.  Carl is not an extreme pull hitter, the kind that would take advantage of the Pesky Pole in Fenway.  His homers tend to be in the rightfield power alley.

Carl Crawford home runs, 2008-2010.Note the two hot spots for Crawford's home runs.  The spot on the outside half of the plate roughly corresponds to his home runs that aren't pulled.  The bigger, redder spot on the inside half tend to be his power alley shots.

Crawford also offers the Red Sox triples power.  Since the mound was lowered and division play started in 1969, only 14 players collected at least 100 triples.  Crawford is one of them at 105.  Note, again, that his triples don't come from pulling the ball:

Carl Crawford triples, 2008-2010.That big grouping just to the right of centerfield should excite Red Sox fans.  That's the approximate location of the triangle in Fenway, formed by the bullpen and the centefield wall.  It's an easy triple for anyone with decent speed, and Carl is fast enough to challenge for an inside the park home run if he drops the ball in there. 

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