Just Regular Posted June 26, 2017 Share Posted June 26, 2017 Since the dawn of Statcast, there's been a lot of talk about launch angles, and certain famous instances of guys like Daniel Murphy and Yonder Alonso transforming themselves as hitters by lifting the ball more. During a Murphy at-bat recently, I heard a commentator say Murphy told him his goal is to never let an infielder get a ball. I've thought a lot about our run prevention struggles since in the context of that comment. Infield defense has been our traditional strength, but is being bypassed, and the tough part is it seems, broadly speaking, batters can control their launch angle with intent. As an aside, if things keep moving this way, I would guess it isn't many more years before a 4 OF/3 IF shift gets a trial run. I looked at the Orioles Pitching Splits for Hit Trajectory since 2012, and B-Ref has the seasonal GB percentages at .444, .421, .439, .456, .452 and, this year, .425. It isn't as dramatic a drop as I might have guessed, and maybe that's just Britton being absent half a season, but it does still feel to me like the batter air ball strategy is especially damaging to the run prevention game plans of our recent successful teams. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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