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« The Next Cain? | Main | Focusing DeJesus »

Flying Francoeur

Yesterday, David DeJesus's clutch hitting came under examination.  Today's post looks at an opposite player, someone who over the last three seasons hit worse with men on base than the bases empty.  Jeff Francoeur pops up as a good choice.

DeJesus became more focused on hitting line drives with men on base.  Francoeur's focus turns to fly balls.


Jeff Francoeur, 2008-2010
Batted Ball TypePct. Bases EmptyPct. Men On
Ground 42% 41%
Line drive 20% 17%
Fly 28% 32%
Pop 10% 10%


Jeff tries for the big home run with men on base.  The problem is, he doesn't hit the ball as far.

Jeff Francoeur, fly ball distance, bases empty, 2008-2010When Jeff gets a ball in the strike zone with the bases empty, he tends to drive it a long way, long enough in many spots for a home run down the line.

Jeff Francoeur, fly ball distance, men on base, 2008-2010Notice that unless Jeff gets the ball right in the upper middle of the zone, he only drives it far enough to fly out.  His focus on tyring to hit home runs is causing him to hit fewer home runs and hit for less power.

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