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Sunday
Mar272011

Off Speed Howard

Ryan Howard saw his home run production and slugging percentage drop in 2010.  His ability to slam off-speed pitches declined the most:

 

Ryan Howard Slugging Percentage
Pitch2008-20092010
Fastball .609 .607
Slider .473 .378
Change Up .597 .319
Curve .443 .483

 

The visual representation of the three off-speed pitches makes the point clearly:

Ryan Howard slugging against off-speed pitches, 2008-2009.Ryan got full power against these pitches in every part of the zone.

Ryan Howard slugging against off-speed pitches, 2010.In 2010, his coverage was nearly limited to the lower middle of the plate, where he still hit the curve decently.  I wonder if it's a vision issue?  His slugging against the fastball indicates he can still hit that pitch, and he can pick up a curve ball, which takes a very different path than a change or a slider.  For some reason, the latter two pitches might look like fastballs to Ryan now.

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