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The Cardinals and Batted Ball Location so far in 2014

I liked the work the artist formerly known as bgh did here regarding Craig and his inability to pull the ball with authority in 2014. I also liked Craig's work on Adams vs. the shift early in the season here. I played off that and looked at all 10 Cardinals who have attained 100+ PAs at the MLB level this year. I looked at how they have done when they pull the ball, hit to center field, and when they hit to the opposite field.

Yadier Molina

Molina has pulled the ball 99 times. In those instances, he has a .357/.354/.582/.935 mark with 7 doubles, 5 homers, and a .405 wOBA.

Molina has hit to center 90 times. In those instances, he has a .318/.315/.409/.724 mark with 2 doubles, 2 homers, and a .317 wOBA.

Molina has hit to the opposite field 68 times. In those instances, he has a .348/.338/.439/.778 mark with 6 doubles and a .336 wOBA.

Yadi really smashes the ball when he pulls it, but he is still an above average hitter when going up the middle or the other way. Learning how to really pull the ball with authority helped to make Yadi the hitter he is today.

Matt Adams

Adams has pulled the ball 88 times. In those instances, he has a .372/.364/.709/1.073 mark with 7 doubles, 2 triples, 6 homers, and a .456 wOBA.

Adams has hit to center 70 times. In those instances, he has a .353/.343/.500/.843 mark with 4 doubles, 2 homers, and a .363 wOBA.

Adams has hit to the opposite field 61 times. In those instances, he has a .500/.492/.717/1.208 mark with 8 doubles, 1 triple, 1 homer, and a .521 wOBA.

The numbers going to the opposite field is why teams have relaxed a bit on shifting on Adams this year - compared to every time at the start of the year. He learned to beat the shift with singles and is now hitting that way with a bit of authority as well. He needs to be a Cardinals' centerpiece for years to come.

Kolten Wong

Wong has pulled the ball 55 times. In those instances, he has a .291/.291/.455/.745 mark with 2 doubles, 2 triples, a homer, and a .323 wOBA.

Wong has hit to center 47 times. In those instances, he has a .255/.255/.277/.532 mark with 1 double and a .236 wOBA.

Wong has hit to the opposite field 39 times. In those instances, he has a .211/.211/.263/.474 mark with 2 doubles and a .208 wOBA.

Wong has not show the ability yet in the majors to go up the middle or the other way with any authority whatsoever. Of course, he just hasn't hit (overall) at the major league level. Give him time.

Mark Ellis

Ellis has pulled the ball 42 times. In those instances, he has a .275/.268/.325/.593 mark with 2 doubles and a .258 wOBA.

Ellis has hit to center 54 times. In those instances, he has a .231/.226/.308/.534 mark with 4 doubles and a .231 wOBA.

Ellis has hit to the opposite field 23 times. In those instances, he has a .227/.227/.227/.445 mark with no XBH and a .203 wOBA.

Ellis has just not hit this year either. He is at his best when he doesn't go to the opposite field, but neither is making much of a difference.

Matt Carpenter

Carpenter has pulled the ball 93 times. In those instances, he has a .330/.323/.516/.839 mark with 9 doubles, 1 triple, 2 homers, and a .359 wOBA.

Carpenter has hit to center 120 times. In those instances, he has a .429/.429/.571/1.000 mark with 11 doubles, 2 homers, and a .438 wOBA.

Carpenter has hit to the opposite field 64 times. In those instances, he has a .242/.232/.274/.509 mark with 2 doubles and a .221 wOBA.

Carpenter is obviously at his best when he isn't trying to use left field, but trying to spray the ball up the middle and pull it. I would pitch him away or play him to hit up the middle/pull until he beats me. He probably would anyway, he's a professional hitter.

Jhonny Peralta

Peralta has pulled the ball 119 times. In those instances, he has a .311/.311/.647/.958 mark with 13 doubles, 9 homers, and a .413 wOBA.

Peralta has hit to center 69 times. In those instances, he has a .391/.391/.667/1.058 mark with 7 doubles, 4 homers, and a .459 wOBA.

Peralta has hit to the opposite field 53 times. In those instances, he has a .176/.170/.235/.405 mark with 3 doubles and a .173 wOBA.

Peralta rarely hits it to the opposite field and when he does it seems he gets fooled on the pitch a lot out there. He's a dead pull hitter and should get the Adams treatment (shifting a TON). Maybe he is since he's only hitting .241 on the year but has those high numbers pulling and to center.

Matt Holliday

Holliday has pulled the ball 79 times. In those instances, he has a .273/.266/.403/.668 mark with 7 doubles, 1 homer, and a .287 wOBA.

Holliday has hit to center 96 times. In those instances, he has a .406/.406/.583/.990 mark with 5 doubles, 4 homers, and a .434 wOBA.

Holliday has hit to the opposite field 85 times. In those instances, he has a .271/.271/.376/.647 mark with 9 doubles and a .282 wOBA.

While Holliday is typically at his best when he hits the ball right on the button and goes up the middle in his career, he's also typically at his best pulling the ball. This year, he is equally bad at pulling/pushing the ball - and that has made all the difference with his power - ISO pulling for career is .321. This year it's .130.

Jon Jay

Jay has pulled the ball 47 times. In those instances, he has a .340/.340/.489/.830 mark with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 homer, and a .362 wOBA.

Jay has hit to center 63 times. In those instances, he has a .306/.302/.403/.705 mark with 4 doubles, 1 triple, and a .305 wOBA.

Jay has hit to the opposite field 61 times. In those instances, he has a .407/.407/.492/.898 mark with 5 doubles and a .395 wOBA.

Jay is at his best when he is using all fields. In the rare-ish instance in which he pulls the ball, he is hitting it with authority this year - a slugging percentage near .500 and an ISO of nearly .150 -well above his career ISO of .106.

Peter Bourjos

Bourjos has pulled the ball 43 times. In those instances, he has a .279/.279/.442/.721 mark with 1 double, 2 homers, and a .315 wOBA.

Bourjos has hit to center 45 times. In those instances, he has a .273/.267/.409/.676 mark with 2 doubles, 2 triples, and a .288 wOBA.

Bourjos has hit to the opposite field 29 times. In those instances, he has a .357/.357/.500/.857 mark with 2 doubles, 1 triple, and a .372 wOBA.

Bourjos is obviously at his best when he is able to drive the ball the other way. Unfortunately, he has done that just 29 times because he is often striking out on those pitches to the outside portion of the zone (30.5% whiffs per swing rate on pitches in outer 1/3 of zone or off the plate outside.)

Allen Craig

Craig has pulled the ball 90 times. In those instances, he has a .289/.289/.322/.611 mark with 3 doubles and a .270 wOBA.

Craig has hit to center 86 times. In those instances, he has a .256/.256/.430/.686 mark with 3 doubles, 4 homers, and a .299 wOBA.

Craig has hit to the opposite field 91 times. In those instances, he has a .393/.385/.629/1.014 mark with 10 doubles, 1 triple, 3 homers, and a .434 wOBA.

Craig is obviously driving the ball well to RF on many occasions this year. However, he simply is not hitting well up the middle or when he pulls the ball. This is in stark contrast to the past. In 2013, his wOBAs when pull/center/oppo were .409/.440/.378. In his career they are .425/.393/.390. I think he simply has the mindset of always driving the ball the other way.

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