Outside improvement helping Gardner

June, 24, 2011
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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.
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.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.271 16 70 71
OTHER LEADERS
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
WM. Tanaka 13
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146