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 Post subject: Re: PEDRO SUCKS
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:20 pm 
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Chris Anderson wrote:
Just looked up his splits...when he puts the ball in play on first pitch swinging, he's batting .339, slugging .610! 4 long balls on the first pitch of the at bat, too.

Sample size is 59 ab's.

That's because he's selective; he doesn't swing at many first pitches (as evidenced by the 59 ABs in which he has) unless it is a good pitch to hit. Just because Pedro has hit well when swinging at the first pitch does not mean that he should be doing it more often.

That's funny. Hurdle has said on two different occassions that they have tried to get him to be ready to hit that first pitch...to be aggressive early in the count. When he gets behind he starts chasing.

And I thought stats never lie...you get presented with a stat, and now you say that doesn't mean it is the correct approach... :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: PEDRO SUCKS
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:23 pm 
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A league average hitter is at about .300 on balls that are put in play, so those numbers may be skewed a bit given those parameters.

But I still think he takes a lot of good pitches at the start of at-bats. All anecdotal.

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 Post subject: Re: PEDRO SUCKS
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:16 pm 
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A league average hitter is at about .300 on balls that are put in play, so those numbers may be skewed a bit given those parameters.

But I still think he takes a lot of good pitches at the start of at-bats. All anecdotal.


He probably does take a lot of good pitches early, most good hitters do. I don't think we want to "correct" one of the things he does well (plate discipline, BB rate). I woudl focus on addressing why he chases so poorly, maybe work on shortening up his 2 strike swing.

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