We keep hearing, though, that players whose swings aren’t built for home runs are particularly susceptible to getting out of whack because of a Derby. Is that true? Albert Pujols and Joe Mauer suffered wOBA drops in 2009 (.046 and .027, respectively), and other hitters who aren’t necessarily thought of as power-first guys have made up a pretty big chunk of the group of 40.
Taking the leap that power-first guys are also pull-first guys, I computed the percentage of the time that each of the 40 Derby participants hit the ball to their pull field (“Pull%”), as well as the percentage of the time that they batted the ball to the opposite field (“Oppo%”).
The results: there’s no evidence to suggest that all-fields hitters are more susceptible to a post-Derby slump than pull hitters.
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