Yesterday, I posited a theory whereby Robinson Cano’s struggles with men on base and his poor 2008 season could be explained by his attempt to pull everything, and attributed his 2009 success with taking pitches middle-away the other way. Soon after I finished writing that post, Jeremy Greenhouse of The Baseball Analysts posted a study that seems to support my assertion about Cano’s 2009. He split the strike zone into various zones, and then computed run values for each hitter in each individual zone. This chart marks the leaders and trailers for pitches middle-away:
[image title="Picture 1" size="full" id="14757" align="center" linkto="full" ]
Greenhouse then comments about Cano, and notes that this data fits Cano’s MO as someone who excels at hitting the ball the other way. At least some of his 2009 success was directly attributable to his ability to deal with those pitches. Conversely, Curtis Granderson also made the list, but was one of the trailers. Why is this significant? After the Yankees acquired Curtis, I did some reading of various Tigers blogs, and based on the data they collected, reached the following conclusion:
From an amateur scouting point of view (and one that the Tigers fans agree with in the comments), it seems that Granderson has a similar problem to that of 2008 Robbie Cano: he has trouble laying off the pitch on the outer half, and instead of lining them to the opposite field, he is either pulling them to the right side or popping them up to the left. The Tigers Blog writer suggests that this increase in popups is the cause for his low BABIP, meaning that there is more than luck at play. This is an issue that Kevin Long fixed with Cano, and the hope is that he can correct it with Granderson as well.
This assertion is backed up by the batted ball data, which among other things shows an increase in his “pull” rate. As I noted in the excerpt and as Greenhouse’s reasearch confirms, Granderson seemed to have been plagued with an inability to go the other way with pitches middle-away. Hopefully, he can do some work with Kevin Long and make changes in this regard. For inspiration, he does not need to look any further than his own clubhouse and Robinson Cano. Every player is different, and just because Cano was able to remedy his problems does not guarantee that Granderson will be able to do the same. However, it is encouraging to see that there are identifiable explanations for Granderson’s tough season, and that the Yankees and Kevin Long have experience in fixing similar issues.
LIKE TYA ON FACEBOOK
- TYA To Merge With It’s About The Money, Stupid
- What about Kevin Youkilis?
- Teix Now Front And Center On The “Needs To Produce” Radar
- Cashman: Heathcott A Dark Horse Candidate
- A Dog Chasing Cars
- Outfield Trade Targets
- The Problem With Brett Gardner
- A Look At Relief Prospect Branden Pinder
- The Yankees Should Be Realistic, Put Team on Short Leash in 2013
- Briefly discussing the internal options to replace Curtis Granderson
- many dresses are especially for wedding or for other events2 on Chuck Johnson on Chase Whitley
- Brand bc on Briefly discussing the internal options to replace Curtis Granderson
- http://2804lasela.wordpress.com/ on TYA Predictions: Bold predictions for 2012
- the tao of badass pdf on What about Austin Romine?
- Joey Parkhill on Dante Bichette Jr’s Swing
- lululemon factory outlet on Contact Us
- Cary on Will R.A. Dickey’s Knuckleball Succeed In A Domed Stadium?
- Brenna on Links: Prospects, Support for A-Rod, Mariano is Love and Who’s in Center?
- Louis Vuitton Outlet Sale Singapore on The Monthly Prospector: April Edition
- Authentic Louis Vuitton Outlet Store on The Monthly Prospector: June Edition
TagsA.J. Burnett Alex Rodriguez Andy Pettitte Austin Romine Baltimore Orioles Bartolo Colon Boston Red Sox Brett Gardner Brian Cashman Bullpen CC Sabathia Chien-Ming Wang Cliff Lee Curtis Granderson David Robertson Dellin Betances Derek Jeter Francisco Cervelli Freddy Garcia Game Recap Hiroki Kuroda Ivan Nova Javier Vazquez Jesus Montero Joba Chamberlain Joe Girardi Johnny Damon Jorge Posada Manny Banuelos Mariano Rivera Mark Teixeira Melky Cabrera Michael Pineda New York New York Yankees Nick Johnson Nick Swisher Phil Hughes Prospects Rafael Soriano Red Sox Robinson Cano Russell Martin Tampa Bay Rays Yankees