Know your Rays: swinging at the breaking ball (Friday)

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A very fun game.

Monday (Matt Joyce); Tuesday (David DeJesus, an Evan Longoria lookalike); Wednesday (Wil Myers)

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, 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?

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