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Off Speed Lee

Carlos Lee's (Houston Astros) slugging percentage took a big hit in 2010 compare to 2008 and 2009. He dropped to .417 last season from .522 the previous two years combined.  Graphically, the seasons looked like this:

Carlos Lee, slugging, 2008-2009.He really whacks inside pitches, and does well in the middle of the plate. 

Carlos Lee slugging, 2010The outside half of the plate proved to be a dead zone for Carlos last season.  What changed?  Lee learned to handle the slider, but lost his ability to smash other pitches.


Carlos Lee Slugging2008-20092010
Fastball .556 .441
Slider .302 .479
Change up .606 .432
Curveball .452 .265


The slider was the only pitch that really gave him trouble in the past.  With all the off-speed pitches working against him in 2010, Lee's ability to hit for power was doomed.

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