Numbers: Adrian Beltre likes the heat
August, 22, 2012
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It seemed like the faster the pitch, the more Adrian Beltre liked it. As ESPN Stats & Information points out, Beltre's homers came on pitches of 94, 88 and 91 mph. Part of ESPN Stats & Info's blog on Beltre:
Beltre is now hitting .336 in at bats ending with a pitch of 88 or more mph this season compared to just .265 against slower pitches.
Beltre’s improved plate discipline -- his chase percentage has dropped every season since 2009 -- has paid off in 2012. All of Beltre’s 22 home runs this season have come against pitches in the strike zone.
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While Wednesday’s game was Beltre’s first with three home runs in the regular season, he homered three times against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 4 of last year’s ALDS. Beltre joined the short list of current and future Hall-of-Famers with a three-homer game in both the regular season and postseason: Albert Pujols, George Brett, Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth.
Beltre’s first home run Wednesday was his 20th of 2012, the 10th time in his 15 seasons he’s hit 20 in a year. He’s the ninth third baseman in MLB history with at least 10 20-homer seasons.
Beltre’s three homers also moved him into the top 100 on the MLB career list. He’s now tied for 97th on the all-time list along with Moises Alou, Bobby Bonds and Aramis Ramirez at 332.