Mike Carp found his power stroke in the majors in 2011, slugging .500 through 206 plate appearances this season. Pitchers have worked the young slugger away:
While most of his power comes inside, he's slugged across the strike zone:
Pitching Carp away hasn't worked that well, since Mike is willing to drive outside pitches the other way. When the pitch is inside, he pulls the ball for home runs:
When he goes the other way, he tends to hit doubles:
Instead of trying to pull everything, Carp is willing to go with a pitch. He strong enough to be able to drive the ball the other way. He's not getting the lift to hit them out that often, but doubles can do a lot of damage, scoring runners from first base and putting the batter in scoring position. He's supplying the Mariners with needed power.