Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, April 13, 2021 -- "Thinking Inside the Box"

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"This looks like a genuine improvement in approach that is allowing Myers to get to hitters’ counts and fastballs more often, and he’s taking advantage. If you just look at last night, Myers stayed off three marginal pitches in the first in advance of a 3-2 RBI single; he spit on a four-seamer off the plate in the sixth and homered on a fastball inside on the next pitch. An inning later, facing Luis Oviedo a second time, he held back on three sliders he well might have chased in 2019, setting up another RBI single, this time on 3-1."