Hot/Cold Zones: Scouting the #STLCards Bats
I did an article like this for Fansided when the Reds and the Giants were playing, showing you the hot and cold zones of a batter using the 2nd half of 2012′s stats with Baseball Prospectus’ “True Average” (TAv) as the guide to a spot in the zone being deemed “hot” or “cold.” Since the Giants have both LHP and RHP, I’ll use that instead of exclusively LHP or RHP when looking at their numbers. Remember these zones are to be looked at from the catcher’s point of view (POV).
Leadoff hitter, Jon Jay (LHH):
Looks like if you let him get his arms extended, he’s going to do alright for himself, but also he will chase away and can get locked up inside.
#2 hitter and switch hitter, Carlos Beltran:
For a guy with as many homers as he does, you might expect more red, a la Joey Votto, but you’ll notice if you pitch up to him, he will destroy you. Interesting that right down the middle was as poor as it was.
#3 hitter and former NL West rival, Matt Holliday:
Something like this was what I was expecting for Beltran but for Holliday he’s got that red all over the place except up and in and low and away.
Cleanup hitter, Allen Craig:
Talk about a low ball hitter, right? Must love golf.
#5 hitter and brother to other catchers Yadier Molina:
With all that red all over the place it’s a wonder how you pitch him, but he will go out of the strike zone for you from time to time.
Next in the lineup, postseason hero David Freese:
These stats only take into account the regular season but when it’s back-against-the-wall time for Freese, I don’t think he has any blue boxes, only purple (for 0 PA) and red boxes.
Daniel Descalso’s next (LHH), and he had a big Game 5 for the Cardinals:
A rather unimpressive zone, but if you get lazy, he can still set it up for the bottom of the order or bring in the runners on base.
Lastly, Mr. Emotional, Daniel Kozma:
Rafael Furcal was placed on the DL on August 31st, so you can understand why there’s an even smaller sample for Kozma, but it looks like he handles pitches decently when they’re in the strike zone.
Now just imagine if you had to memorize stuff like this for all of these hitters, pinch hitters, and now their tendencies on different pitches as well. I mean, you’d also be getting paid at least around a half-million a year, so yea, it’d be worth it.