David, great stuff as always!! Your data on Patterson is very interesting…he does seem to have a lot of holes. What are you thinking about writing next for pitch data? It seems like you have a wealth of info now on the topic…
Oh, and the lefty/right splits is another great addition. It helps a lot.
Hey Mike. Not entirely sure what I’ll be looking at next, but it will probably have something to do with pitch location on the pitchers side of things. I also want to look at BABIP by location.
I got your e-mails, but I just haven’t had a moment to sit down and research them properly, hopefully later this month. Just don’t want you to think I’m ignoring you or anything. :) So much to do before the season starts, it’s really not that far off!
For pitchers, I would be interested in seeing Carlos Silva. He had the highest % of pitches in the strikezone this year – I bet his PitchZone would be pretty interesting.
I did have one question concerning the Pujols graph. You said: “The only area that it looks like heâ€™s not able to cover is down and away (the pink area in the bottom right corner of the strike zone).” Since he’s a righty, down and away would be the bottom left corner wouldn’t it? Or am I misreading something?
Don’t worry about the emails, I figured you have been working on some things. I know you’ll get to the stuff, and I’m interested in you sending me some of those graphs. There are some more things that I would like to talk to you about, but I’ll wait until you send me a reply.
Actually, you’re absolutely right. Down and away would be in the bottom left hand corner. I forgot that these are from the pitcher’s point of view, so a right hander batter would be on the right side. So it shoud say: it looks like he has trouble covering pitches down and inside. I’ll fix this.
I haven’t run Beltre’s graph (these currently take a while to do), but just taking a quick look, I’m pretty sure he does have a tendancy to swing at pitches down and away. Actually, the current graphs don’t really tell you much about a batter’s plate discipline, but more more so what location they handle pitches in the best. No one handles pitches outside of the strikezone very well, but that doesn’t stop some of them from swinging. ;)