Thursday, February 20, 2014

Blog Kiosk: 2/20/20014 - Dodgers Links - Can Kemp Reclaim the Inside Half, a Patient Billingsley and a Second Base Platoon

Juan Uribe and Alexander Guerrero walk past as Manny Mota looks on.  Pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014.
  • Via David Golebiewski at Daily Gammons, "Can Kemp reclaim inner part of the plate?"
Last year, though? Kemp admitted he couldn’t do a lot of things while his body betrayed him. One of those things he couldn’t do was drive inside pitches: he didn’t hit a single home run on an inner-third pitch while slugging .290. Among the 249 hitters seeing at least 350 inside pitches last season, Kemp ranked 225th in slugging. A couple years ago, he did more damage than Miguel Cabrera when pitches challenged him inside. Last season, he inflicted less pain than Jose Tabata and Gregor Blanco.
“I talked to Chris Capuano, because he’s gone through two,” Billingsley said. “He said, ‘Don’t try to rush it whatsoever,’ because when you first start throwing in August and you get a few weeks into it ... you feel like you can throw harder. But no, stay back. The idea is to be patient with it and don’t try to do too much. When you start rushing, you pop it.”

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