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No Separation

Cliff Lee concentrated his pitches to right-handed batters in one area of the strike zone in game one of the World Series.

Cliff Lee pitch frequency, 2010 WS game one, vs. RHB.In the first three games of these playoffs, he went left, right and up, in three very separate zones.

Cliff Lee pitch frequency, 2010 post season, first three starts.He really kept the ball away from right handers, but he also moved the ball up and down in the strike zone so batters could not concentrate on a single area.  On Wednesday, he didn't hit the outside edge well, and the Giants did a good job with pitches they could hit.


Busting Cliff

The premier matchup as far as a Texas pitcher and Giants batter would be Cliff Lee against rookie sensation Buster Posey.  Can Buster hit Cliff hard?  Against left-handed pitchers, Buster likes the ball down the middle of the plate:


Buster Posey slugging vs. LHP, 2010.Cliff Lee certainly throws in that area, although he does try to keep the ball away from righties.


Cliff Lee pitch frequency against RHB, 2010That's not the whole story, however.  Most of Cliff's pitches to RHB tend to move away from the batter.


Cliff Lee movement against RHB, 2010.Posey likes to smack balls moving toward him.


Buster Posey slugging, movement by LHP, 2010.So the predominant movement Cliff puts on his pitches plays against Posey's strength as a power hitter.


Uribe's Unique HR

In Game 6 of the NLCS, Juan Uribe hit an 8th inning HR off Ryan Madson, breaking a 2-2 tie and leading the San Francisco Giants to victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.  How rare was this HR?  Let's take a look.

After retiring both Pat Burrell and Cody Ross, Ryan Madson threw Juan Uribe a first pitch slider.  Uribe went the other way with the pitch, sending it over the right field wall.

Juan Uribe's HR off Ryan Madson in Game 6

Juan Uribe's ISO vs. RHP Sliders since 2008Since 2008, Uribe has hit 13 HR's off right handed sliders, and Madson's was the only one to go opposite field.  In fact, Uribe had hit no opposite field HR's at all since 2008 before facing Madson in Game 6.  And it was the second HR that Madson allowed to a RHB on a slider since 2008.

Juan Uribe's HR Locations since 2008