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July 15, 2009

The inside story of Scott Podsednik’s success

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 15, 2009 6:08 pm
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Hank Gargiulo:

Inside scoop: Podsednik isn’t struggling against inside pitches like he did last season. He’s gone from one of the worst against inside pitches to ranked in the top 30 in the majors.

Patience pays off:
Podsednik has a top-20 first pitch seen percentage. That means he tries to get ahead of pitchers (batters hit almost 150 points higher on average when ahead in the count).

Whiff-less ball:
Swinging strikes are a waste for hitters. They show a pitcher’s dominance and a hitter’s foolishness more than foul balls, which often prolong at-bats and called strikes. Podsednik is excellent at not whiffing. Of the 22 leadoff hitters in the majors with at least 200 at-bats this season, only two (Juan Pierre and Jacoby Ellsbury) have struck out less than Podsednik (29 K at leadoff). …

He looks at Jim Thome’s fastball problems and Jose Contreras’ magical forkball too.

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