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Entries in strikezone (2)

Monday
Oct182010

Ryan Howard's Playoff Eye

Ryan Howard is having a strong postseason at the plate. During the regular season Ryan Howard's swing rate for balls outside the strike zone was 31.5%. So far in the 2010 post season Ryan Howard's swing rate for balls outside the strike zone has dropped to 22.2%. As a result he is seeing an average of 4.14 pitches per plate appearance.

All that said, he is still striking out - 9 Ks in 21 plate appearances.

Ryan Howard Post Season Stats (through Sunday October, 17):

PA: 21
Pitches: 87
Avg: .333
OBP: .429
WOBA: .392
Hits: 6
Ks: 9

Saturday
Oct162010

ALCS Game One Strikezone

Here are the heatmaps for both C.J. Wilson and CC Sabathia from last night's ALCS Game One, separated by balls and called strikes as determined by home plate umpire Gerry Davis.

C.J. Wilson's Called Ball Frequency (36 pitches)CC Sabathia's Called Ball Frequency (42 pitches)C.J. Wilson's Called Strike Frequency (46 pitches)CC Sabathia's Called Strike Frequency (37 pitches)

Early in the game, it seemed as though Sabathia was not getting the paint on the outside corner to righty batters.  However, it looks like Gerry Davis wasn’t calling pitches on the upper left side of the zone much for either pitcher.  It just seemed to harm CC more since he kept trying to hit that spot early on.

However, when comparing Wilson’s called strikes to Sabathia’s called balls, it appears Wilson was getting that lower right portion of the zone more.  In fact, CC seemed to miss out on a few calls that were probably within that lower right portion of the strikezone.

Combining the called strike and ball data gives us the called strike rates for both pitchers:

C.J. Wilson's Called Strike RateCC Sabathia's Called Strike Rate