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These days in baseball, every batter is trying to find an angle

These days in baseball, every batter is trying to find an angle

With increasingly sophisticated data available, major league hitters are focusing on getting the ball in the air.

Interesting article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/sports/mlb-launch-angles-st...

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, put it another way: “You can’t slug by hitting balls on the ground. You have to get the ball in the air if you want to slug, and guys who slug stick around, and guys who don’t, don’t.”

In 2015, Daniel Murphy, in his final season with the Mets, had a groundball rate of 42.8 percent (of balls in play) and a flyball rate of 36.0 percent, and he batted .281/.322/.449 with 14 homers and 56 RBI. The next year, his first in Washington, he essentially flip-flopped his groundball/flyball ratio — to 36.3 and 41.9, respectively — and batted .347/.390/.595 with 25 homers and 104 RBI, while finishing runner-up in MVP voting. The change he made is illuminated by his average launch angle — 11.1 degrees in 2015, 16.6 degrees in 2016.

“It’s cool,” Murphy told The Post this spring, “because with all the data we’ve been given now, [we have] some of the answers to the test.”

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Comment by Kenneth Shepherd on June 2, 2017 at 9:51pm

Harper was killing it,  had an upward angle,  check his swing when his average really dropped,  he changed and was swinging down on the ball,  you could even see him practicing it on deck,  hopefully he has gone back to the upward swing plane full time 

I tell my kids hit the top of the net at the back ,  never tell them hit on the ground or hit line drive.  Only time I ever say anything about ground ball is when i tell the pitcher we need a ground ball,  thats because they are outs

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