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  1. Has anyone ever done a study on the BABIPs of hitters against whom the shift is usually used?

    Comment by The Hit Dog — May 27, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

  2. League-wide O-Swing is up nearly 3% from last year. It could be that hitters are become less patient, but I would bet that BIS/FanGraphs has changed the way they have calculated the stat (which is understandable). Still, all analysis using O-Swing should make note of this fact.

    Comment by vivaelpujols — May 27, 2010 @ 10:56 pm

  3. My guess is pitchers are giving him fewer “pullable” pitches and if he’s trying to pull outside pitches, then he’ll likely just keep getting more of the same.

    Asking him to be more patient in a contract year is easier said than done.

    His homers seem to be of the mile high variety. Is it possible that more of those balls are ending up as deep flies?

    I would imagine far too often Pena is playing into the pitcher’s/defense’s hands by hitting the pitch they want where they want him to hit it.

    Didn’t Ruan Howard go through a major slump last year where he was trying to pull everything?… Especially pitches that are hard to pull with authority.

    Comment by Circlechange11 — May 28, 2010 @ 12:04 am

  4. He had a decent April when he put up an 859 OPS. His struggles began in May during, which he has a 515 OPS. Kind of like David Ortiz backward. I wouldn’t call it anything more than a slump for now. He had a bad start to 2008 IIRC and finished the last 3 months of the season with a 960 OPS.

    His hitting 6th or 7th is not good for him though. Somebody has to hit there but he won’t get anything to hit. That lower 1/3 of the order is worse than some NL lineups.

    Comment by pft — May 28, 2010 @ 1:48 am

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