Thursday, June 1, 2023

Newsletter Excerpt, June 1, 2023 -- "Behavior Modification"


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"The difference between pulling a fly ball and hitting a grounder up the middle, even with the defense hobbled, is 230 points of batting average and 1400 points of slugging. Even hitting a line drive up the middle is a little worse than hitting a fly ball: .620/.793 versus .474/1.686. The difference is so large that it’s worth wearing an increased strikeout rate to try to hit pulled fly balls."