One potential match-up to watch this evening pits Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees versus Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies. In the PITCHf/x era, 2008-2011, Cano posted a slash line of .303/.346/.494, good for a weighted on-base average (wOBA) of .361. Cano collects hits through a wide swath of the strike zone.
Cano doesn't hit location as much as he hits movement, or lack thereof:
Balls that pass near the intersection of the major axes indicate that the ball traveled as expected; there was no extra spin to deflect the ball left, right, up or down.
Halladay held Robinson to a .158/.179/.184 slash line and a .166 wOBA in 39 PA during this period. Roy tends to work him inside:
Roy does a decent job of avoiding the middle of the plate. Most of his pitches are inside or outside, and as we see from above, Cano does not get hits on inside pitches. Where Halladay really beats, however, is on movement.
Very few of Roy's pitches come in straight. Almost all of them dip, move in on Cano, or both. Halladay's mastery of movement and location make Cano and easy target for outs.