Big Papi chasing fewer bad pitches

Updated: June 18, 2009, 2:07 PM ET
By Tom Haberstroh | Special to ESPN Insider

The new Big Papi

David Ortiz's day off on June 4 might have done the trick. Earlier this season, opposing pitchers had learned to exploit him inside, watching him chase pitches he couldn't catch up to time and time again. But not anymore. Of the 31 inside pitches off the plate since his day off, Ortiz has hacked at only four of them. In essence, he's not getting jammed anymore because he's no longer swinging at the pitches that would jam him. In particular, he's laying off pitches that ...

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