squally1313 wrote:itisallpartoftheplan wrote:I feel like Javy has spit on more pitches out of the zone than in the past or maybe just completely unhittable pitches. Don’t know if that’s perception or reality. Getting himself in better counts all year. He’s had his share of Old school Javy at bats but not as often.
Career high in O-zone (outside of the zone) swing % at 48.7%, which is second in baseball (Sal Perez in first, Almora is in 8th), so probably more perception than reality. His zone swing % is way up though, at 80.4% (career 70.7%), so maybe it's more a matter of not letting good pitches go by. Third in baseball for that, behind Freeman and Albies.
Looking at pitch types, he's murdering fastballs, but he's been a plus against them for the last few years. The big change seems to be against curveballs, had never been a positive pitch for him and now he's killing those too. To your point, maybe there have been less swings on curves that bounce in front of the plate.
I haven't looked at the numbers, but just from watching, it seems like sliders down and away out of the zone are still a trouble spot for him.