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Saturday
Oct232010

Fast Fact: Best Hitters in a Pitcher's Count

Question: During the 2010 season who were the top three MLB hitters (for avg.) when faced with a pitcher's count?

The Answer:

Well for good measure I have included the top 5 MLB hitters when facing a pitcher's count during the 2010 season. Of course Edgar Renteria is playing tonight.

Top 5 MLB hitters when facing a pitcher's count during the 2010 season (sorted by avg.).

Saturday
Oct232010

Solving Lefties

Left-handed batters performed poorly against Giants closer Brian Wilson in 2010.  They batted .206 against Brian, compared to .232 for RHB.  Wilson did a great job of keeping pitches away from lefties:

Brian Wilson, 2010 regular season pitch frequency against LHB.

On strikeouts, he comes no where near the center of the zone.

Brian Wilson, 2010 regular season pitch frequency against LHB on strikeouts.He's either getting good calls from the umpires, or Wilson is very good at fooling lefties at swing at pitches out of the zone.  It tuns out it a bit of both, and umpires give him lots of leeway on the low outside corner.

Brian Wilson, 2010 regular season pitch frequency against LHB, called strikeouts.For lefties, it's swing high, take low.  The movement of his pitches is toward the corner, so that might fool the umpires as well.

Friday
Oct222010

Swinging Outside

Elvis Andrus hit consistently in the mid .260s his first two years in the majors.  In the first ten games of the 2010 playoffs, Elvis erupted for a .348 BA hitting .333 in the ALDS and .364 so far in the ALCS.  During the regular season, Andrus found most of his success on the inner half of the plate, in the middle to low end of the strike zone:

Elvis Andrus 2010 regular season.In the post season, Elvis still gets some hits low and inside, but now he's banging balls on the outside corner as well.

Elvis Andrus 2010 post season, first ten games.For obvious reasons, pitchers like to work Elvis away.  So far this October, that strategy worked against Texas' opponents.