Re: Papi looks fat,slow and unmotivated
posted at 4/1/2014 1:39 PM EDT
In response to SpacemanEephus' comment:
In response to croc's comment:
In response to BostonTrollSpanker's comment:
Not as pathetic as leading the charge that "Papi was through" several years ago.
Though in fairness, at least that annoying charge was based on the quality of Papi's hitting, which looked (relatively) poor in 2009 and 10. His bat was slow, he was getting beat with heat, and pedestrian hurlers had his number. Statistically he was in a nose dive. Of course, Papi's rennaisance only amplified the pathetic idiocy of all the blustery amateur judgement Georom throws around. But, at least that was based on some actual evidence.
Actually, the "poor" 2009 and 2010 is often overstated. He had two bad months in 2009 coming off the wrist injury then for the next 10 months over two seasons, he batted .270 -- .270 the final four months of 2009 and .270 for 2010, which included the bad April and in retrospect was just that, a slow start. Overall, he was pretty consistent.
His power stats and run production during those 10 months were just fine, and he was crushing right-handers. His biggest problem during those 10 months was simply his approach against left-handers. He was trying to pull them, which made his bat look slow. So his average against lefties was down from his career average, which drove down is overall average, but his hitting against right-handers was pretty much the same.
In 2011 when he changed his approach against left-handers, his average has gone up since then but his production against RH stayed about the same. He simply started hitting left-handers again like he used to.