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« Strike Zone Luck | Main | The Away Pitcher »

Offspeed Contact with Cruz

In 2009, Nelson Cruz made contact on offspeed pitches only 53.7 percent.  Last season, he improved that number to 69.3 percent.  The increased contact resulted in an OPS increase of .079.

Nelson Cruz vs. Offspeed Pitches
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Cruz's K-rate dropped 10.5 percent on soft pitches as a result of the increase in contact.  But as the increase in OPS indicates, the additional balls in plays were doing damage to opposing pitchers.  His OBP increased an additional .050 points as well.

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