How Do You Strikeout 208 Times in 2015 Like Chris Davis? (Is Baseball Swing Path the Issue Here?)…
(By the way, this post is VERY applicable to fastpitch softball as well)…
Is Chris Davis taking more of an extreme uppercut on the baseball swing plane?
Is he not cutting down on his swing with 2-strikes?
Is he using an excessive barrel tilt, before he launches into the turn, much like Josh Donaldson did between the 2013 and 2014 seasons? CLICK HERE for this Athletics Nation post titled, “Josh Donaldson: Changes in Approach & Mechanics”.
Is he more susceptible to swinging at pitches out of the strike zone than say a Joey Votto? CLICK HERE for this great “Joey Votto on Hitting” FanGraphs.com article about the changes he made to his baseball swing path in 2013.
Or, is his baseball swing plane so stubborn as to not adjust to higher Effective Velocities (EV), according to this fantastic analysis by Perry Husband:
Also, CLICK HERE for a Joey Votto video analysis I recently did. He is the ultimate Pitch-Plane Dominator!
Here's another perspective, from a guy I admire because he will readily admit he was wrong – on national television!!
Check out this short 3-min, 47-sec baseball swing path video of Harold Reynolds offering an explanation to the increase in MLB hitter strikeouts:
This video was done in July of 2012. Basically, Harold Reynolds traces the high strikeout totals back to how coaches push their hitters to ‘let the ball get deep'.
Look, hitter's are dealing with hitting a pitch that, beforehand, they DO NOT know what:
- Pitch it is,
- Speed it is, and
- Location it is.
Sure, there are probabilities, but they're almost NEVER 100% sure (stealing signs and/or a pitcher's ‘tells' aside).
Hitters have to build a large margin for error into their swings, if they want to succeed.
Then it got me thinking…
Sometimes we can learn more from what not to do, than what to do.
Coaches & instructors, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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