Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Matt Kemp and the dangers of painting the outside corner
PITCHf/x chart for takes from Texasleaguers.com shows that pitchers are going with the latter option, and he's making them pay. While this spray chart actually provides an illustration of the objective of that strategy - making Kemp pull grounders to the left side of the infield - it also shows that when Kemp stays back on the ball, the results are invariably catastrophic. Clearly, the man's seeing the ball incredibly well, so if he can make adjustments to pitching strategies such as this, he could put together a truly historical season.