How do you strike out last year's AL MVP, Josh Hamilton? Well, over the last three seasons, 38.0% of all his strikeouts have been on fastballs, but only 59.7% of those were swinging. However, of the 38.6% of his strikeouts recorded on curveballs or sliders, 91.7% were swinging. And in his 458 total plate appearances decided on a slider or curveball, 26.4 percent have been strikeouts.
If pitchers are skilled enough to hit the outside edge of the zone with a slider or curve, they fair pretty well against Hamilton.