The Phillies Get Nerdier
Well, this is encouraging. From David Murphy:
But yesterday a new item appeared [on the bulletin board]. It is a photocopy of a graphic from a publication — it looks like Baseball America, although I’m not positive — that breaks down the major league batting averages on balls in play on swings in certain counts. The graphic illustrates what every hitting coach preaches: get the count in your favor, and you’ve got a better chance of getting a pitch that you can turn into a pitch. The moral: work the count.
In Eric Longenhagen’s conversation with Keith Law, posted a few weeks ago, Law talked about the Phillies’ notorious aversion to statistical analysis:
I still can’t quite fathom their pride in their refusal to use any kind of analytics in their decision-making. When your competitors are operating 12-man analytics departments, why would you brag about how you don’t have one at all?