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Rangers Walking Home (from San Fran)

After the collapse of the Ranger's bullpen in Game 2 of the World Series most everyone is focused on the walks - more importantly walks with the bases loaded. Here is a quick list displaying the performance of MLB pitchers with the bases loaded during the 2010 season sorted by walk rate (minimum of 20 plate appearances).

2010 MLB Pitchers' Performance with Bases Loaded sorted by walk rate (minimum of 20 plate appearances).


Murphy Over Vladdy

Texas manager Ron Washington, in the face of Vladimir Guerrero's defensive debacle in Wednesday's World Series Game 1, elected to start David Murphy in left field for Game 2, with Nelson Cruz moving over to right. The defensive upgrade is almost undeniable, as Guerrero has showed his legs to be lagging far, far behind his still-cannonlike arm.

As for offense, can Murphy fill the void in the lineup left by Vlad's departure? How will Matt Cain's approach differ, if at all?

During the 2010 season, Guerrero posted a .287/.328/.482 line in 476 PA against right-handed pitchers, while Murphy, the lefty bat, had a .298/.368/.479 line in 342 PA against opposing righty hurlers. The slugging difference is negligible, but Murphy is clearly the more patient hitter. That isn't really hard to be, given how we're talking about Vladimir Guerrero here, but it's worth noting.

Guerrero vs RHP, 2010Murphy vs RHP, 2010
Guerrero continues to be the living definition of a "low ball hitter," and his damage contrasts nicely with Murphy's: where Vlad will hammer anything that deigns to venture off the corners and into the middle of the plate, Murphy will instead pounce on pitches on the upper and inside edges of the zone. Cain would do well to pepper the outer edge with his off-speed stuff against Murphy, and he'll be likely to avoid great damage.


Another One from Juan

In what turned out to be the deciding hit in Game One of the World Series, Juan Uribe blasted a 5th inning Darren O'Day fastball into the left field seats at AT&T Park for a 3-run HR.

O’Day started Uribe out with two sliders that ended up way outside of the zone.  He then came in on Uribe with a fastball.

Juan Uribe's 5th Inning PA - World Series Game OneUribe loves the ball in.  Since 2008, in 138 plate appearances decided by pitches thrown from a RHP to the lower inside part of the plate, Uribe has batted .378/.370/.770, with a .491 wOBA and 13 HRs.

Juan Uribe In Play ISO & SLG since 2008As you can see, O’Day put the ball right in Uribe’s power zone.  Although he isn’t the most dangerous hitter in the Giants lineup, if you miss down and in to Uribe, he’ll make you pay.