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Monday
May162011

ESPN Covers Josh Johnson

ESPN examines Josh Johnson and his breaking ball:

Watch Baseball Tonight any time Johnson pitches and you'll hear our announcers marvel at that pitch location. Those pitches are almost impossible and the numbers bear it out. 

Righties and lefties have made 68 outs in at-bats that ended with a Johnson breaking pitch, and gotten just four base hits. 

Hitters are missing on 40 percent of their swings against that pitch, a rate that puts Johnson among the best major league starters. They're also chasing pitches at a similar rate. 

Read More... (source: ESPN, Mark Simon)

Monday
May162011

Halladay and Left-Handed Batter Home Runs

Roy Halladay (PHI) allowed his second home run of the season on Sunday, a shot by Dan Uggla (ATL) that cost him the game.  Halladay is a great pitcher, but he does allow a decent number of home runs. Having given up just two one quarter of the way through the season is unusual for him.  The other unusual aspect of this season is that both home runs came off the bats of right-handed batters.

During the three previous seasons, Halladay saw a left-handed batter about 55% of the time, and they hit 38 of the 64 home runs against him, or 59%.  Roy worked lefties in and out, avoiding the middle of the plate as much as possible:

Roy Halladay, pitch frequency against LHB, 2008-2010.These batters were able to take the high and low inside pitches deep:

Roy Halladay, pitch frequency of home runs by LHB, 2008-2010.So far in 2011, Roy reduced his use of the inside part of the plate against left-handers:

Roy Halladay, pitch frequency against LHB, 2011.Roy throws mostly on the outer half of the plate against left-handed batters now, and he's been rewarded with no home runs allowed from that side of the plate.  Lefties slugged .372 against him from 2008-2010, but that's down to .277 this season.

Monday
May162011

Reader Feedback: Analyze This!

This past week we received an email from Eli asking us to take a look at Buster Posey vs. the fastball in 2011... 

I was wondering if you guys could maybe run some analytics on Buster Posey's struggle to hit fastballs this year. Being a Giants fan and watching most of his at bats, it seems like he is really struggling to hit fastballs during the beginning of his 2011 season.

It could be me just overreacting to his start, but it might be interesting to take a look at.

Thanks

Eli

We took the time and posted "Buster Posey vs. Fastballs". Please feel free to send us a note if there is analysis that you would like to see!