The Process Versus Howie Kendrick & Angels Hitters | The Process Report

The Process Versus Howie Kendrick & Angels Hitters

Round 2…

Jeff Mathis Right .659 .530
Hank Conger* Switch .333 .587
Mark Trumbo* Right .167 .200
Howie Kendrick Right .743 .747
Erick Aybar Switch .704 .702
Maicer Izturis Switch .770 .726
Alberto Callaspo Switch .777 .731
Alexi Amarista** Switch N/A N/A
Vernon Wells Right .681 .825
Peter Bourjos* Right .480 .679
Bobby Wilson Right .853 .598
Torii Hunter Right .858 .821
Bobby Abreu Left .746 .851


(Three-year samples used when possible)

*Career numbers

**Amarista has two career games played

These tables all exclude 2011 stats

(Favors means the split is +/- .020 points)
Matchup favors LHP:  Conger, Trumbo, Wells, Bourjos, Abreu
Matchup favors RHP: Izturis, Callaspo, Wilson, Hunter
Matchup is a push: Amarista, Kendrick, Aybar

(Credit to Chris St. John for the data)

This marks the second go-around with the Los Angeles Angels. In the first series, the Process focused on a trio of veteran hitters. This time the Process highlights noted killer of Rays’ pitching, Howie Kendrick.

Although the names and uniforms have changed over the years, Kendrick continues to mash Tampa Bay pitchers. In an even 100 at-bats, he owns a career slash line of .440/.491/.710 against them. Earlier this month, he reached base seven times in two games against the Rays.

Kendrick is having the same amount of success on balls in play this season as he did last. Meanwhile, he is hitting the ball with more authority. After hitting 10 home runs in each of the previous two years, he has six this April.

In addition to the power increase, Kendrick is becoming a more disciplined hitter. He is swinging at fewer pitches outside of the zone and is walking a bit more. Kendrick walked just 28 times in 158 games last season. He has taken 10 free passes in the 25 games so far.

Kendrick has feasted on fastballs in the past, but is doing some damage against the soft stuff this year. A right-handed hitter with a slight reverse platoon split sets up an interesting matchup on Saturday against James Shields. For Shields and the Rays to have success against Kendrick, they should focus on the low and away quadrant of the zone. Easier said than done.

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