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Mike Lowell-Heating up?

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Postby The Loveable Losers » Sun May 07, 2006 9:12 am

cordscords wrote:
The Loveable Losers wrote:
cordscords wrote:Lowell's timing is right on this year. He's always got his bat on the ball as soon as it starts to cross the plate. He's jumping on pitches right now and it's working.

I'm interested about the use of the phrase 'jumping on pitches'. If you've watched him a bit does he look like he's back most of the way through the swing or does he look like he's jumping out toward the ball. If it's the latter that would explain the larger GB% as he'd have less ability to uppercut the ball if he's out in front. If it's working he definitely shouldn't change anything and it may be an adjustment he's made to adjust to less strength to create bat speed. If he is leading with his body rather than staying back and allowing his hands to create bat speed that would go a long way toward explaining the numbers we're seeing as far as ground balls, doubles and home runs (as well as the reduced strikeout rate if it's a comfortable swing for him).

He's not lunging at pitches, or waiting on pitches and getting the bat around quicker. He's simply starting his swing earlier than he was last year. He starts to step with his front foot as soon as the ball is viewable to us on the TV screen.

The swing looks real pretty, and he's driven a lot of balls hard down the 3B line, over the SS, and up the middle.

An earlier swing would cut down on uppercut as well. It sounds like he's made a positive adjustment to a slight decrease in bat speed and he's changed as a hitter. If you're right then the guys at baseballhq missed something and his near 40% gb percentage will hold up. He's a different hitter now and could push .290 average (if he keeps up his lower k%) and continue to spray doubles all over the place. He'll have a lot of value if he moves up in the order to #2...not so much otherwise.
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