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Outside improvement helping Gardner

Stats & Information's Andrew Davis, after seeing our piece on Brett Gardner's defensive prowess, passed along a note he planned to pitch to Baseball Tonight on the recent reasons why Gardner has been so successful on the offensive side.

Check out the chart on the right, which shows how much more successful Gardner has been against pitches on the outer-third of the plate, or further away.

Brett Gardner, by Month
In At-Bats Ending with Pitches Away

Gardner had been performing at a rate not in line with his performance in 2009 and 2010. In those two seasons, our pitch performance data shows he hit .264 against pitches away, recording hits on 34 percent of the balls he put into play.

Gardner's recent showing has pumped up his numbers to be much more of a match for the past two seasons.