Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Newsletter Excerpt, April 30, 2024 -- "Guardians of the Strike Zone"


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The Guardians may be benefiting more than most teams from the changed offensive environment. They don’t hit for power, so they have less to lose if the ball isn’t flying quite as well. They’re still terrible at impressing Statcast -- also known as “hitting the ball hard” -- with bottom-five marks in barrels and barrel rate. Only the White Sox have a lower rate of hard-hit balls than the Guardians do.