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  1. “Have pitchers adjusted to Jose Bautista?”

    Shame on them if they haven’t…

    Comment by Sinkerballer — October 1, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

  2. btw, don’t forget Bautista was batting leadoff for most of the month of April, so he obviously gets pitched differently, while he was taking a different approach back then. When Fred Lewis arrived and Snider hit the DL, Bautista moved lower in the order, which was around May.

    Personally, from what I’ve seen all season, the pitch Bautista struggles the most with, is the change up. According to his new stance, it’s easy for him to pick up the spin on the ball. However, the changeup’s similarity to the FB makes it difficult for him to pick up. Only pitch I’ve seen him struggle with.

    Comment by Giancarlo — October 1, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

  3. Good point, I definitely should have mentioned that, you’re right that it changes how pitchers pitch to him.

    Comment by Albert Lyu — October 1, 2010 @ 3:51 pm

  4. It wasn’t until one of his last two home runs that Jose Bautista hit an opposite field home run. The first of his major league career. It seems with a split that extreme, there would be plenty for pitchers to exploit. It would be interesting to see a pitch f/x study on Bautista.

    Comment by Elwin — October 1, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

  5. I was at the game on Tuesday and C.C. absolutely owned Jose with a steady diet of change ups that he looked very silly on. I am surprised more have not picked up on this.

    Comment by Darren — October 1, 2010 @ 4:09 pm


    Comment by JOSE — October 1, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

  7. Pitchers will surely adjust to Bautista. But Bautista will also adjust to pitchers (i.e. how he gets so many walks).

    Comment by Alberto — October 1, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

  8. Not trying to be a jerk, but this was an awful lot of text and graphics to show that pitchers appear to be throwing fewer fastballs in the zone, based on a weak month-to-month trend that’s probably confounded by sample size issues. I know that not every post can be an instant classic, but this one kind of oversold itself.

    Also, is there a reason why some cells are green in the tables while others are orange?

    Comment by Friendly neighborhood critic — October 1, 2010 @ 5:19 pm

  9. Don’t question Jose Bautista. No one is worthy to look at his numbers.

    Comment by JoeIQ — October 1, 2010 @ 5:24 pm

  10. Thanks for the constructive criticism, I always welcome it. In general, I start a post before I even see the results of the data or graphs. I only scrap the post if the original question was not worth asking in the first place or if the results were truly insignificant. I think in this case, I was at least able to find some interesting conclusions, while noting the small sample sizes.

    The cell highlighting is a habit of mine, but I wanted to group the different categories of stats.

    Comment by Albert Lyu — October 1, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

  11. Darren, pitchers have picked up on it. They are throwing Bautista more change-ups than ever before. The problem is…not a lot of pitchers can throw changes of the quality of CC Sabathia.

    Comment by George — October 1, 2010 @ 6:59 pm

  12. albert lyu is solid writer

    Comment by guy above me is a clown — October 1, 2010 @ 8:25 pm

  13. Thanks for taking the criticism well!

    I don’t think that the finding was insignificant, but it would have been interesting to take it a bit further, if possible. What would it mean if pitchers were adjusting to him? His performance doesn’t seem to have been affected much, since he still hit a ton of HRs in September. To me, the biggest outlier seemed to be in April, where more of all kinds of pitches were in the zone.

    Regarding the cell coloring, it would just help if you explained what the colors meant.


    Comment by Friendly neighborhood critic — October 1, 2010 @ 11:40 pm


    Comment by George — October 2, 2010 @ 1:30 am

  15. agreed. he has immediately jumped toward the top of the list of must-read fangraphs bloggers.

    Comment by jsp2014 — October 2, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

  16. Im surprised nobody has written about how incredibly good Marcum’s change is.

    Comment by fjkagreklg — October 2, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

  17. So what is the conclusion? Have pitchers adjusted to Bautista? Is this an open-ended question?

    Comment by Joe — October 3, 2010 @ 4:12 pm

  18. Got news for everybody. Jose Bautista is coming back down to earth in 2011. If I eat these words more power to him.

    Comment by Westman — December 16, 2010 @ 12:29 am

  19. Jose had off-season hernia surgery. One could assume he played through this injury but for how long?
    If he was bothered by this –why wouldn’t he be– this makes ’10 even more amazing.

    Comment by Heinrich — January 24, 2011 @ 4:34 am

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