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The Pitch that Each Houston Astros Hitter Crushes

Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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Yordan Alvarez – Cutter

Color me surprised. Yordan Alvarez feasts on cutters in 2021 racking up a .539 xwOBA, .882 xSLG and a .392 xBA. Think that’s good? Alvarez’s actuals were even better: .581 wOBA, .882 SLG and a .471 batting average.

No wonder Alvarez only saw a cutter on 5.5% of pitches.  How much did Alvarez mash this pitch?  He saw sliders 15.5% (about two and a half times as much) of the time and the Run Value for both pitches was 7.

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