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  1. I think it is the schedule the jays had I recall them playing all the top lefties in the league if not several times…
    Playing sabathia, lester, price consistantly

    Comment by yediyih — January 3, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

  2. There seems to one possible explantion. According to Fangraph’s pitch value information, the Blue Jays were better than average in hitting fastballs and Sliders, and below average in hitting changeups and cutters.

    However, they absolutely killed curveballs- +1.12 wCB/C.

    LHP vs. RHB will throw anything but curveballs, predominately throwing fastballs and changeups. RHP vs. RHB, the pitchers will generally throw breaking stuff, as they have the platoon advantage.

    Vernon Wells especially killed curveballs, scoring +6.1 wCB, which is higher than his score vs. Fastballs (+5.0), despite seeing curveballs only 9.2% of the time.

    Comment by Temo — January 3, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

  3. “Both of them hit righties quite a deal better than righties”

    An intriguing conundrum, indeed!

    Comment by Phil — January 3, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

  4. I think your pitch info is off. Curveballs don’t have a large platoon split, it’s sliders that you don’t want to throw to oppo handed batters.

    I think the best answer is the quality of lefties in the division. Lester, Sabathia, Price. Matusz is ok and Pettite had a good year.

    Comment by joe — January 3, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

  5. They played Sabathia once all season

    Comment by Eric — January 3, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

  6. The RHB did hit RHP better, but the LHB were anemic against LHP

    Comment by Eric — January 3, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

  7. Interesting piece – but to “see the team with the fifth worst OBP in the league finish sixth in wOBA” should be a lot less unusual in the AL, where there are only three slots between fifth worse and sixth, than in the NL.

    Comment by Mr Punch — January 3, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

  8. Yea you’re right, it is off. Interestingly, curveballs actually have a reverse platoon split, which would explain the data a bit better than my original thought.

    Comment by Temo — January 3, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

  9. Ha, good point. I’d assume he means MLB.

    Comment by Padman Jones — January 3, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

  10. Yeah, 5th worst OBP in MLB, 6th best AL wOBA.

    Comment by Padman Jones — January 3, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

  11. No, it’s fifth worst OBP in the majors, and sixth best wOBA in the majors.

    Comment by Joe Pawlikowski — January 3, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

  12. Major Leagues.

    Comment by Baron Samedi — January 3, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

  13. John Farrell kept some of the coaching staff as part of his deal with AA; but not Murphy. He and Murphy had to chat about it before coming to terms and Farrell later made comments disapproving of the Jays approach to hitting in 2010. It will be interesting to see how things pan out between the two and if that impacts the Jays offense. The Jays hitters, from what I have read, adore Murphy.

    Comment by Someanalyst — January 3, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

  14. I’ll guess the reason is noise.

    Comment by Boomer — January 4, 2011 @ 10:33 am

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