TPR11 Excerpt: Defending Carl Crawford by Tommy Rancel | The Process Report

TPR11 Excerpt: Defending Carl Crawford by Tommy Rancel

Probably the most tactical chapter of the book.

Despite his supernatural appearances, Crawford is not without exploitable flaws. His struggles against left-handed pitching are obvious, but having a lefty pitch to Crawford on every occasion is an unreasonable option. Instead, that strategy will be employed during high leverage situations when the bullpen comes into play; but what about before those late innings? Is there a defense to the most dangerous weapon created by the franchise?

The Rays possess unmatched quantities of intimate Crawford knowledge. This provides them with a unique perspective amongst the league. From proprietary data to basic analytical and scouting information, the Rays will conceivably have the best chance league-wide of limiting Crawford. Meanwhile, there is enough of that information available in the public realm to theorize what the Rays may look to attack.

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