Tuesday, September 6, 2011
It is a little surprising that Zach Stewart nearly tossed a perfect game against the Twins. Not so much because he is such a terrible pitcher (he's okay), nor because this is such a powerhouse of an offense; it's because this lineup likes to hack away at the plate. The Twins swing away at 43.9% of all pitches, including 28.8% of those outside the strike zone, and they are very good at making contact at both pitches inside (89.0%) and outside the strike zone (70.8%). Lineups that tend to make contact a lot are difficult to no-hit, since it is inevitable that at least some of the balls they put in play will fall in. Of course, lineups like this are usually terrible at actual run production, since they don't have the plate discipline to wait for a good pitch to hit, or at least work a walk if they don't get one.