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Be Aggressive B-E Aggressive

Last season, the Rays began a transition to a more aggressive approach at the plate. Thus far in 2016, they’ve picked up where they have left off as Rays batters are in swing mode right out of the chute. Here is how that looks by the numbers…

By Frequency

The Rays are swinging more frequently than any other team in baseball and it really is not even close:

  1. Tampa Bay – 51.3%
  2. Los Angeles (N) – 47.5%
  3. Chicago (A) – 47.5%
  4. Philadelphia – 47.5%
  5. Arizona – 47.3%
  6. Colorado – 47.3%
  7. Cincinnati – 47.1%
  8. Los Angeles (A) – 46.9%
  9. Baltimore – 46.8%
  10. Texas – 46.4%

(league average – 45.4%)

The only regulars swinging at pitches below the league average are new leadoff man Logan Forsythe (43.4%) and the former leadoff man, Kevin Kiermaier (42.9%).

Swing Early; Swing Often

Part of the new aggressive approach involves the Rays swinging at first pitches in at bats. The outcomes for teams putting the first pitch in play are only bested by swinging 3-0, but while the league hits .380 on first pitches, the Rays are hitting .333 .217 on the ones they’ve safely put into play. The team is 5 for 23 on first pitch batted balls in play with 14 groundball outs on the infield

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  1. Tampa Bay – 40.7%
  2. Cincinnati – 36.2%
  3. Los Angeles (N) – 32.8%
  4. St. Louis – 32.6%
  5. Atlanta – 32.6%
  6. Washington – 31.4%
  7. Chicago (N) – 31.2%
  8. Los Angeles (A) – 31.1%
  9. Houston – 30.6%
  10. Baltimore – 30.0%

(league average – 28.1%)

Every member of the mostly everyday lineup is swinging at first pitches above the league average led by Steven Souza Jr at 59%. Only Steve Pearce (27%) and Curt Casali (25%) come in below it.

Swing and a Miss

The Rays are also leading the league in Swinging Strike percentage:

  1. Tampa Bay – 15.1%
  2. Houston – 13.1%
  3. Philadelphia – 13.0%
  4. Texas – 12.9%
  5. Minnesota – 12.7%
  6. Oakland – 12.6%
  7. Atlanta – 12.6%
  8. Kansas City – 12.5%
  9. Toronto – 12.4%
  10. Baltimore – 12.0%

(league average – 11.4%)

Most of the team is just at or better than the league average but Kiermaier (13%), Pearce (18%), Souza Jr (18%), Dickerson (24%) and Conger (27%) exceed it.

Chasing Dreams

Part of the reason the team is coming up empty on so many swings is that they are chasing  many pitches out of the strike zone:

  1. Texas – 32.6%
  2. Tampa Bay – 32.5%
  3. Kansas City – 31.4%
  4. Baltimore – 30.7%
  5. Minnesota – 29.9%
  6. Oakland – 29.8%
  7. Chicago (A) – 29.6%
  8. Colorado – 29.6%
  9. Philadelphia – 29.5%
  10. Cincinnati – 29.2%

(league average – 27.7%)

Four regulars are “leading” the charge here: Logan Morrison (36%), Desmond Jennings (43%), Conger (43%), and Souza Jr. (50%).

 



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