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Thursday
Jun302011

Braun Hitting the Straight Stuff

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers collected three more hits on Thursday afternoon, extending his hit streak to 20 games.  In looking at his previous 19 games, Ryan isn't hitting location as much as he's hitting movement, or lack thereof.

Braun picks up hits on balls in and out of the strike zone:

Ryan Brain, in play average, June 8 through 29, 2011.He's hitting well over .300 on balls in the zone and out of the zone.  He hits balls up, in, out and down.  He sees the most success on fastballs and sinkers.  Note the movement on those pitches during the streak:

Ryan Braun, fastball movement, June 8 through June 29, 2011.The fastballs are basically flat, with a little movement away from Braun.

Ryan Braun, sinker movement, June 8 through June 29, 2011.The sinkers are not sinking much, and I wonder if these are really two-seam fastballs being miss identified. (The sinkers average one MPH slower than the fastballs.)  Both pitches come in fairly straight with little break.  Those are the pitches Ryan likes to hit:

Ryan Braun, hits on fastballs and sinkers, June 8 through June 29, 2011.Braun's pitch is a straight pitch.  The location doesn't matter.  These graphs show where the ball breaks relative to where a ball without spin would go.  Ryan seems to be good at that prediction, and when the pitch shows little movement, he bat ends up on the ball square.

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