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Entries in Texas Rangers (77)

Monday
Nov012010

Huff vs. Hunter

Last night, Aubrey Huff deposited a first pitch cutter from Tommy Hunter into the right field seats for a two-run HR.  It was all the offense the Giants would need to win the game.  In the regular season, Huff was one of the best cut fastball hitters in the league.

Top 2010 NL Batters vs. the Cutter by wOBA (min. 50 PA)Aubrey Huff In Play SLG% vs. Cutters since 2008As noted during the broadcast last night, Hunter had to endure a nine pitch at bat from Freddy Sanchez just prior to Huff's third inning AB.

Freddy Sanchez's 3rd Inning ABMuch was made of how Huff was able to get a good look at Hunter's stuff with Sanchez fouling off pitch after pitch ahead of him.  But as you can see, Hunter pitched Sanchez fairly carefully. That AB probably did more to tire out Hunter and disrupt his rhythm.  After finally retiring Sanchez on a ground out, he then grooved the very next pitch right over the heart of the plate.  Huff did not miss it.

3rd Inning, Hunter vs. Huff

Saturday
Oct302010

Cain's Mark on the Postseason

Matt Cain has been brilliant so far this Postseason.  He's held batters to a .173/.259/.187 line over 21.1 innings.  He's allowed 13 total hits, only one for extra bases, and has struck out 13.

When he broke into the league, Matt Cain showcased a mid-nineties fastball.  He's turned into more of a finesse pitcher, with his fastball now averaging around 92 mph.  As a result, Cain no longer blows away batters with high cheese as much as he once did, but instead relies on his secondary pitches more.

During the regular season, Cain tended to get hit harder up in the zone.  Against lefties, pitches down and in were hit hard as well.

Matt Cain 2010 SLG% Against SplitCain has been extremely efficient at avoiding throwing to those danger areas in the postseason.

Matt Cain 2010 Postseason Pitch FrequencyAs the heatmaps indicate, Cain has avoided throwing in to lefties, an area that has given him trouble.  Overall, he's also avoided sailing fastballs up in the zone to both hitters.  This kind of control is a big part of his great success so far in October.



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