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Brendan Ryan’s Offensive Offense

July 22, 2010

It’s no secret that Brendan Ryan is and has been struggling with the bat.  Anecdotally it seemed to me that he was hitting a ton of pop ups, so I wanted to check the data and see if my eyes were deceiving me.  Before we get to that though let’s take a quick look at his results in vertical and horizontal slices.  First the vertical

There’s nothing too dramatic here.  Yes, the 2-2.5 slice is interesting but not overwhelming.  The general trend is pretty solid.  Horizontal slices are a little more interesting

That’s abysmal hitting in the middle of the plate.  I will note that these are based on results, so there could be batted ball luck at play in these charts.  That being said, let’s check my earlier premise by looking at some batted ball data.  First on those pitches in the middle of the plate

and on fastballs

Both of these show less GBs and LDs and more FBs and especially more IFFs.  I have to think that this is a by-product of working with Big Mac, but I have nothing to back that up with.  Either way I’d be much happier if Ryan got back to hitting more ground balls (and clearly more LDs too) and it would likely lead to more success

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