Last week I looked at how to use available statistical information
to find out the cause for a hitter's struggles at the plate. In the article, I mentioned that I also utilize video to review a hitter's recent at-bats. Today, I am going to use both methods to determine Eric Hosmer's struggles.
It does not require formal training as a scout to pick up on a few things the basic and advanced numbers don't immediately point to. Sometimes it is just a hunch. Other times, it is pretty obvious. While watching Hosmer hit, I found some items in his plate approach that are causing his struggles.
When I do the dual approach, I don't look at the stats first to get any ideas of the cause. I will know the hitter is struggling or overachieving, but I don't want to go in with any preconceived notions of what I should be looking for.
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