osforlife wrote:He has started the way he ended last year. That Koji trade is looking better and better. Texas gets 54 innings and a bad postseason from Koji and we get our first basemen of the future, and what looks to be at least a serviceable arm out of the pen in Tommy Hunter. Knee jerk reaction here, but could Davis be sniffing a .280/.350/.530 season?
With his strength IF he can lay off the low inside pitch he could have an OPS above .900.
As a lefty myself a low and inside pitch is the ball that lefties should crush. High and away should be the trouble pitch for lefties, at least it was for me.
Davis can't handle that low inside pitch and he spent all last season proving it. If I could find a chart of which pitch he SWUNG at for strike three last year I'd be willing to bet about half of them were in that spot.
A_K wrote:Fangraphs: Chris Davis is hitting everything
http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.ph ... verything/
Thank you for posting this. They're pretty clear that he has some holes in his swing, and I can only imagine how impactful he could be if he just lays off the pitches he KNOWS he can't handle. This will even more important if teams start to pitch around him.
Every once in a while you have to give the pitcher some credit on location. Low and inside can still be a strike and if Davis has 2 strikes on him he "should" swing at anything that is a strike.
IF a hitter KNOWS he can't handle a pitch then he should just let it go, regardless of the count. It's the rare pitcher that can hit that low, inside corner on demand. In fact, if they try for that location there's a good chance they'll miss out over the plate and THAT ball is going to have multiple contusions when it lands about 450 feet away.
IF Chris can stay off that pitch then pitchers will not be able to close him out on it in a 1 - 2 count and he'll see more pitches, one of which he might commit aggravated assault on.
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