Ortiz hiiting fastballs like 2007

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    Ortiz hiiting fastballs like 2007

    From ESPNBoston.com:

    Is the David Ortiz of old back? A look at his performance against fastballs suggests that he might be in store for his best season since 2007.

    Back in 2007, Ortiz was still enjoying his prime. That was before his prolonged April slumps or PED accusations. Perhaps no one had more confidence at the plate. He hit a career-high .332 and finished fourth in the MVP voting.

    That was also before he stopped hitting fastballs. You simply couldn’t throw Ortiz a heater in 2007. He hit .371 on at-bats ending in a fastball according to Inside Edge. Only Magglio Ordonez (.388) and Ichiro Suzuki (.378) were better.

    Age, injury and tumult took a toll in the years ahead. That hitter, who crushed any mistake and dared the pitcher to give him a fastball to hit, wasn’t consistently there. His batting average on fastballs bottomed out at .236 in 2009. In 2010, he brought it back up to .295, but even then he was swinging and missing more than ever.

    It seemed clear that Ortiz’s bat has slowed. He was no longer an equal match for the best fastballs in the game.

    Well, so far this season, Ortiz has been his old self again. He’s hitting .348 on at-bats ending in a fastball, including five of his seven home runs. His swing and miss percentage has dropped to 15.5, right around the 14.8 percent that he missed on fastballs in 2007.

    Not all fastballs are created equal, but Ortiz is still slugging as the velocity increases. On pitches 93 mph or faster, he’s hitting .391. Two years ago that was just .185.

    Less than two months into the season, the sample size is still awfully small. But the trend is clear: Ortiz is getting around on fastballs in a way that resembles his prime.

    His success is partly tied to getting favorable counts that will force the pitcher to throw a fastball. Ortiz has a .480 batting average in hitters’ counts this season compared to .321 in each of the previous two seasons.

    Ortiz has also dramatically reduced his strikeouts. Last season, he finished fourth in the AL with 145 strikeouts. This season, his strikeout rate has been cut in half, and he’s tied for ninth on the Red Sox with 20 strikeouts.

    Ortiz is on pace to hit .287 with 27 home runs. That’s about on par with his 2010 season (.270 BA, 32 HR). But those similarities come with one caveat: Ortiz hasn’t necessarily heated up yet (He hit 10 homers in a red-hot May last season).

    With the way he’s hitting fastballs, that just might be a matter of time.
     
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    Re: Ortiz hiiting fastballs like 2007

    I wonder how Ortiz has been able to turn the clock back 4 years. 

    Anyone know the years when Ortiz's old contracts ended?

     
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    Re: Ortiz hiiting fastballs like 2007

    maybe he's drinking milkshakes like it's 2007.
     
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    Re: Ortiz hiiting fastballs like 2007

    The key is for him to chip the ball on the balls away, then start early on the inside half heat that is below the letters. He's doing a great job of it, this year. He needs to watch AGon and learn that the Green Monsta is his ally and avoid being a pull hitter first thought. He's going to hit around 30 homers, regardless, if healthy, so he needs to focus on making sure he gets more doubles, even if he drops a few pull homers down to the high 20's.
     
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    Re: Ortiz hiiting fastballs like 2007

    Majorleague, it may not prove to be as easy for Ortiz,  as some teams still employ the shift, more times than not the pitcher(s) will attempt to pitch to the defense(ie stay inside) in those situations his only shot would be a mistake on the outer half, even unshifted teams are loathe to leave pitches out there where he could extend and power a ball towards the GM...to me he's still plenty good enough for teams to not make that mistake..plus he's not as pure a hitter as AG, who could probably pepper the Monster in his sleep..
     
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    Re: Ortiz hiiting fastballs like 2007

    didn't he mention that he was being more selective and is trying to stay away from swinging at balls out of the strikezone? patience is a wonderful thing.

    go papi!
     
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    Yes he did. He's staying away from more "bad pitches".
    It was in the Globe today.
     
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    He's "playing for yearly contracts now"that's why... (softy).
     
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    Re: Ortiz hiiting fastballs like 2007

    We all see improvements and we all saw the fastball issue 2 years ago when he almost never seemed to hit a fastball over 95 mph all year. Maybe it's the timing step issue or maybe it's something else but if anything the data indicates that Ortiz may well trend up this year. He projects to having a great year from the underlying numbers.

    For example his BABIP in 2007 was .355. This year it is .291.

    BABIP = Batting Average on Balls in Play.
     
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    Re: Ortiz hiiting fastballs like 2007

    What he needs to do is beat that GD shift. I HATE that thing
     
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    once in a while they throw to papi outside. when he goes with the pitch he's is killing the left field side. not to mention the fact that if he ever checked his swing toward left he'd get more excuse me singles due to the 3rd baseman playing him over to pull.
    just my .02 cents.
     
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    In Response to Re: Ortiz hiiting fastballs like 2007:
    [QUOTE]once in a while they throw to papi outside. when he goes with the pitch he's is killing the left field side. not to mention the fact that if he ever checked his swing toward left he'd get more excuse me singles due to the 3rd baseman playing him over to pull. just my .02 cents.
    Posted by Hammah29r2[/QUOTE]

    I agree.I think Papi should take advantage of the shift and bunt down the 3rd base line every now and then.It would accomplish 2 things.First,he'd probably end up on 1st if he had a decent bunt.Secondly,and perhaps more importantly,if he bunted once in a while,it would keep the defense honest.Maybe then the other teams wouldn't play a shift on him so often and would open up more room in right for him to hit into.
     
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    Re: Ortiz hiiting fastballs like 2007

    Thanks
     

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