Search Archives
Analyze This

Do you have something you would like to analyze? Send us a note and we will be happy to do the research!

What's New
  • September 9 - Bill Chuck
    Is the end near for Tim Wakefield?
  • September 9 - David Golebiewski
    Dee Gordon's Going Up Swinging
  • September 9 - Jonathan Scippa
    Top 20 Hitters on Pitches Within the Strike Zone
  • September 9 - David Golebiewski
    David Robertson: Cutter (and Closer?) Apprentice
  • September 8 - David Pinto
    Kinsler's Launch Angle

In Broadcast Analysis
Twitter Feeds
  • Bill Chuck (Editor)
  • Dave Golebiewski
  • David Pinto
  • Jonathan Scippa
Mailing List
Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter
For Email Marketing you can trust
Facebook Page

Analytics Posts
  • Is the end near for Tim Wakefield?
  • Dee Gordon's Going Up Swinging
  • Top 20 Hitters on Pitches Within the Strike Zone
  • David Robertson: Cutter (and Closer?) Apprentice
  • Kinsler's Launch Angle
  • A Good Month for James Loney
  • More on Tex's Batting Average
  • Phil hughes' Location
  • T-Plush Thrives in Platoon Role
  • Niemann Finds the Strike Zone
  • Baseball Analytics Blog RSS

« Joel Hanrahan's New Approach | Main | Learning the Lefties »

Bautista Dangerous On Outer Third, Too

Jose Bautista has continued his transformation from Rule V wanderer and bench bat to baseball's pre-eminent slugger in 2011, posting a .329/.467/.679 line that looks like something out of Ted Williams' prime. "Joey Bats" remains a prodigious pull hitter who makes opponents pay when they bust him inside. But he has bested his 2010 production by adjusting to pitchers' tendency to throw him stuff on the outside corner of the plate.

Last year, Bautista blasted pitches located inside and down the middle of the plate. He was mortal, though still well above-average, on pitches thrown on the outside corner:

Bautista in 2010

Inside pitches: .667 slugging percentage (.414 league average)

Middle pitches: .772 SLG% (.475 league average)

Outside pitches: .451 SLG% (.331 league average)

In 2011, opponents have seemingly tried to hit that outside corner more often. Slightly over fifty-four percent of the pitches that Bautista has seen this season have been thrown outside, compared to 51 percent in 2010 and the 48 percent league average.

Bautista is still creaming pitches thrown inside (.685 SLG%, .399 league average) and down the middle (.790 SLG%, .465 league average). But he's also doing far more damage when pitchers throw him something on the outside third:

 Bautista's in-play slugging percentage on pitches thrown on outer third in 2010

 Bautista's in-play slugging percentage on pitches thrown on outer third in 2011

Bautista is slugging .603 on outside pitches in 2011, while the big league average is just .327. Jason Giambi and Laynce Nix are the only batters who have outslugged Bautista on outside offerings.

Inside, middle, outside -- it hasn't mattered this season. Pitchers are getting whacked when Joey Bats pulls the trigger.

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: