Thursday, October 6, 2011
Numbers: Adrian Beltre vs. fastballs
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- ESPN Stats & Information did some digging on Adrian Beltre's ability to pound fastballs and, even, his aggressiveness in doing so. Besides adding his name to that impressive list that includes Babe Ruth, George Brett and Reggie Jackson (among others) with three homers in a postseason game, Beltre showed again that if you put a ball in the wrong spot, he won't wait to crush it.
Adrian Beltre vs. Fastballs, 2011:
Regular season: .332 average, 1.020 OPS, 24 homers, 69 RBIs
2011 ALDS: .333 average, 1.468 OPS, 3 homers, 4 RBIs
Beltre also got impatient on Tuesday. In his four at-bats, he only saw nine pitches - five of which were fastballs - and did not see a two-strike count at all. His aggressiveness when he sees a fastball is a trend he has carried with him from the regular season.
Swing Percentage vs Fastball (MLB rankings 2011 regular season)
Humberto Quintero: 57.7
Adrian Beltre: 56.1
Yadier Molina: 55.8
Yuniesky Betancourt: 55.5
Greg Dobbs: 55.3
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