Pitchers had the top hand in 2018, racking up more strikeouts than hits enabled for the first time and held hitters to a .248 average. However, many Major League games can come to the cat and mouse game of pitch selection, and pitchers still will need to understand which hitters may hurt them if they throw the incorrect pitch.

Statcast&commerce;expected weighted on base average (xwOBA) — just as we did this past year — to use to give the most comprehensive glance at who churns against everything. Just in case you’re not familiar, x is Statcast™’s all-in-one metric which believes strikeouts, walks and high quality of touch (exit velocity and launch angle).

Pitchers had the top hand in 2018, racking up more strikeouts than hits enabled for the first time and held hitters to a .248 average. However, many Major League games can come to the cat and mouse game of pitch selection, and pitchers still will need to understand which hitters may hurt them if they throw the incorrect pitch.

Statcast&commerce;expected weighted on base average (xwOBA) — just as we did this past year — to use to give the most comprehensive glance at who churns against everything. Just in case you’re not familiar, x is Statcast™’s all-in-one metric which believes strikeouts, walks and high quality of touch (exit velocity and launch angle).

Putting a minimum of 200 pitches seen for fastballs (four-seamers and two-seamers and sinkers combined) and also 150 for secondary pitches (cutters and sliders, curve balls, change-ups and splitters) creates a pool of between 200 to 400 qualified hitters for each pitch type. Here is who excelled against every offering:

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Voit’s first two months with the (.322/.398/.671, 187 wRC+suggest some potential for staying-power in 2013. Like many young hitters, Voit feasted most on fastballs, however, he wasn’t exactly a slouch against secondary pitches either (.332 x against bursting chunks, .457 against off-speed ).

Betts was phenomenal round the board en route to his first MVP, but he specially improved at bypassing on fastballs and pulling to leftfield. Trumbo had a demanding, injury-riddled 2018 (though his 1-10 OPS+ was higher in relation to remember) but might still hit on a four-seamer, and Kemp was one of ’s best fastball hitters during his resurgence this past year. One among Soto’s most impressive homers was that his retroactive”first” dinger away a 97-mph heater from reliever Chad Green.

Two-seamers and sinkers

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Here’s a suggestion for AL West pitchers: Shelve the sinker when Khrush Concerns the plate.

Sixteen of Davis’ 4-8 homers came off this pitch type, which range from from a 97-mph two-seamer from to a 86-mph pitch from Bartolo Colon. The slugger averaged a scorching 97.4-mph exit rate contrary to two-seamers and sinkers and barreled that pitch type six more times than another hitter in .

Torres homered 1-2 days off two-seamers and sinkers, for example an opposite field blast off David Price in July. Hoskins and Santana forced sinkerballers to tread softly throughout the Philly lineup, and Harper’s sinker damage included his 451-foot, game-tying blast away Cardinals closer Bud Norris on Sept. 3. 

Cutters and sliders

That home run while inside the video previously was a 109-mph, 408 foot tater which Suarez started off a Max Scherzer cutter — a pitch which Major Leaguers hit just .204 against last season. Suarez’s x against those benders was .282 in 2017 and just .243 in’16, representing the large improvements he’s made in his entire game. 

Get familiarized with Trout’s name, because he mastered only about every secondary toss thrown his way in a livelihood. Only 3 hitters homered away Chaz Roe‘s mindbending slider season, not to mention one was Trout. You will find very few holes in Betts’ swing, and also the longtime veterans Zimmerman and Morales stayed top-five hitters in terms of hard-hit speed (percent of batted balls struck at 95 mph) in 2018.

Curveballs

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.460 — J.D. Martinez,
.458 — , Angels
.435 — Trout, Angels
.427 — Joe Panik, Giants
.423 — Lorenzo Cain, Brewers 
MLB typical: .267

Martinez seemingly have mastered the”airball” approach, and he had no difficulty launch bends during his magnificent introduction for the . His homer away Justin Verlander‘s hanging curve in Game 5 of the ALCS helped shove beyond the defending champion Astros last October. 

Upton slugged a phenomenal .833 against curves from 2018, while Cain’s rocking-chair swing appears tailor-made for placing into a hanging hook. The fact Panik left this list without homering off one busting ball high lights his elite contact ability. And there’s Trout; he’s likely ’s best low ball hitter, meaning diving curve balls such as this high-spin hammer from Gerrit Cole play directly into his wheelhouse. 

Changeups and splitters

, Braves
.424 — Justin Turner, Dodgers 
.411 — Tommy Pham, Rays and Anthony Rendon, Nationals
MLB typical: .279 

Cruz’s ability travels to any or all fields and relates to each of pitches, and just Martinez topped Cruz’s eight homers away change-ups and splitters last season — including a 446-foot blast while inside the video above. Acuna immediately demonstrated he had been a fastball hitter, and Turner’s recognition skills enabled him to hit change-ups even with his relatively early contact line. Pham shot up toward the top of the hard-hit leaderboard in 2018, and Rendon continues to be among MLB’s most under rated sluggers. And there is Trout, of course, who is slugged below .500 against change-ups just once in his seven full major league seasons.