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:
He really whacks inside pitches, and does well in the middle of the plate.
The 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 Slugging||2008-2009||2010|
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.