Thursday: Yesterday, I showed you some graphs with a lot of blue. It's a player with a passive approach, who takes a lot of breaking balls. The majority of answers were right: it was Ben Zobrist. A few people made the reasonable conjecture that it was Ryan Hanigan.
Hanigan is actually a bit more aggressive against lefty breaking balls (shown below), but still a good guess.
One person, dbullsfan made what I thought was an incredibly dumb answer. I was going to point at him and call him dumb, and just to see exactly how dumb he is, I looked up Loney's charts.
Ben Zobrist vs. lefty breaking balls:
James Loney vs. lefty breaking balls:
Ben Zobrist vs. righty breaking balls:
James Loney vs. righty breaking balls:
Seriously, what is going on? Those are almost exactly the same. Serious props to dbullsfan. This week is tough. Answers will be more concrete next week.
We're back into a 2-2 tie for our two previous winders, Andy Hellicksonstine and BeantownRaysFan.
Once again, these are swing/take heat maps from Jeff Zimmerman's site, www.baseballheatmaps.com. I'm including all curves, sliders, and knuckle curves (according to the MLBAM classifications) thrown since 2007, and comparing a player's swing tendencies to the league average swing tendencies, so a hot color means that the player swung more than average at a pitch in that location. A cool color means he swung less often than average.
Mystery Ray vs. lefty breaking balls:
Mystery Ray vs. RHP breaking balls:
Who is the mystery Ray?