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whats up with Pablo's right handed swing?

Postby cs3 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:43 pm

whats going on with Sandoval, specifically from the right side?
Last season he was significantly better batting right handed than he was left handed. In fact his average in 2010 vs LHP was 60(!) pts higher than his avg vs RHP, and his OPS was nearly 100 pts higher!

This year his avg from the right side is over 60 pts LOWER than from the left... comparatively speaking, thats an incredible 120 pt swing.
And if you just take the raw numbers his right-handed avg has plumetted over 160 pts from last year!
Granted he has only 100 PA's from the right side so far this year and you can talk small sample size all you want, but its obvious something is drastically wrong.
I almost think there has to be some kind of injury the Panda's not telling anyone about, or a vision problem with one of his eyes, because this seems too drastic to be simply variation/bad luck.
What do you guys think?
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Re: whats up with Pablo's right handed swing?

Postby cs3 » Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:19 pm

is everyone just chalking it up to variance?
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Re: whats up with Pablo's right handed swing?

Postby jake_twothousandfive » Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:23 pm

This is probably going to come off sounding really stupid but I'm going to say it anyway: fat guys tend to start slow.

The numbers back it up. Fat guys like Fielder, Sabathia, Sandoval, Ortiz, Zambrano, etc. almost always seem to put up better numbers in the second half than the first half. It seems to take them longer to adjust to the grueling MLB season than players who actually take care of their bodies in the off-season.

I think you can chalk up his first half struggles to obesity, bad luck, and random variance in that order.
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