Re: Things Marty Loves to Complain about
Originally Posted by dougdirt
Let's use Brandon Phillips as an example. A sac fly requires a little bit of power because you need to hit it deep enough.
He has absolutely no power when the ball is on the outer third of the plate. He has 2 extra base hits on 49 pitches in the zone on the outer third and one on 71 pitches beyond the outer third of the plate (including the outer third high or low) that he has put in play. Brandon Phillips, in a sac fly situation, should NEVER be swinging at those pitches trying to hit a sac fly. He sucks at hitting those pitches with authority. The only two spots where Phillips has hit for power this season are lower inside of the zone and just below that outside of the zone (inner third, just below the strikezone).
So he doesn't swing at a pitch on the outer third. Like I said, if he feels he can handle it a get the job done. I'm not saying a player should attempt to do something they cannot pull off. I'm saying they should have it in their mind that they don't HAVE to get a hit to get the run home.
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