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Tuesday
Mar222011

Too Fast for Wes

There's a saying that any major league batter can hit a fastball.  Over the last three years, Wes Helms tried to prove that wrong.  He hit just .233 off the fast ball, just 14th percentile in the majors.

Pitchers simply know where to put the ball so Wes can't catch up to it:

Wes Helms, fastball seen frequency, 2008-2010.Both left and right-handed pitchers work Wes away.  That's not where he is a hot hitter:

Wes Helms, ball in play average against the fastball, 2008-2010.So Wes can down and it, up and in, and way outside.  Unfortunately, those are the place pitchers don't visit often with the hard stuff.  What should be a hot zone for most hitters is stone cold for Wes.

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