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So, when the hitters connected on the meatball and put it in play, they had a batting average of .368, significantly higher than the 2010 baseline of .299. However when they reached for the slider that was either too low or too far outside they did significantly worse.
So, by taking a mix of all the pitchers, hitters, defenses, parks, counts and whatnot, we are hoping to isolate the effect the pitch quality itself has on the BABIP. What we get is the observed level of talent, and we are assuming that it somewhat accurately represents the true level of talent. Or in other words it seems that, all other things being equal, an extremely bad pitch will be hit for higher average than an extremely good one.
But it only seems so.
Interesting article on BaBiP and how pitch selection impacts it. I’d recommend reading through the article.
It does a better job of explaining why hitters control more of their BaBiP and pitchers do not.
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