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A Quick Look at Matt Joyce

Matt Joyce (TB) has been one of the Rays best hitters this season.  He's 10th in the league in overall wOBA, and 7th among all lefties. 

Matt Joyce
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Joyce's power zones haven't changed much from last season when he hit .241/.360/.477.  You can see that there are fewer dead zones within the strike zone so far in 2011, and he's hitting outside pitches a bit better.

Joyce also has the third bast batting average against fastballs (.402) this season.  In fact, Joyce is hitting most pitches better this season.

Matt Joyce Batting Averages vs. Pitch Type

Joyce recently had a cortisone shot after experiencing shoulder soreness. He sat out Sunday and manager Joe Maddon hinted that he could be benched against lefty Phil Coke (DET) tonight.

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