Re: Digging Deep into Plate Discipline and Unlocking a Secret to Hitting
Both Griffey and Dunn had achieved lower stats than expected (bad luck). I wonder if an extreme shift cancels out a hitter squaring up on the ball. You can have a great line drive percentage, but if ya got to hit it through 19 fielders bunched all on the one side of the field where you hit the ball a high percentage of time -LD % may be impacted.
Lastly, there's a good article by a guy name Sal Buxamusa at hardballtimes.com....it's about pitch sequencing and how perceptions change for the batter and the pitcher based on the most recent outcome.
Gladwell or Levitt (can't remember which) talk about how people's perceptions change in major ways based on the most frequent outcome--they refer to a very painful surgery completed while a patient was awake -if the doctor did nothing for the last couple of minutes (vs a doc who hurried to get things done so as to allieviate the pain quicker)--well, most folks felt better about the doctor who just did nothing for a couple of minutes and then quit. Point being, people tend to look positively on the most recent event.
What does that mean for a baseball player--i think it could mean a lot to a coach who is trying to engage how a player might feel about certain things and thus compensating for the players most recent outcome.
I do know this, if the Bengals had won their last 3 games instead of losing the last 3 -we may feel a little better about their season.