The 2011 200-hitsters
I've been curious about the players who have picked up at least 200 hits this season, who I refer to as "200-hitsters."
Here's a look at them through action on Sept. 26.
Interesting group, don't you think?
Adrian Gonzalez and Starlin Castro lead their leagues in hits. Matt Kemp of the Dodgers has 192 hits for second place in the NL.
Let's take a look at the heat maps for each of these players and see what we see.
Gonzo strength has been on the outside of the plate where he has produced 74 hits. However, as his shoulder has weakened so has his ability to drive balls pitched to him on the outside. Since August 1, he has only 17 hits on outside pitches and only nine off of fastballs.
You can see that Jacoby has loved the inside quadrant all season long, but since August 1st, he has expanded his zone.
Michael Young has been killer this season on every thing middle in. If the Rangers make the World Series, I will be fascinated watching Cliff Lee and Doc Halladay paint that low and outside corner where Young has only eight hits this season.
Castro has been remarkably consistent hitting .307 before the All-Star break and .305 since. it's not as obvious, but middle down has produced 161 of his hits
The Melk Man hit .293 before the All Star break and has hit .322 with 89 hits since. Cabrera never had more than 149 hits in a season prior to 2011.
The five 200-hitsters are the most since we had eight in 2006 and 2007.