Jposted by Laley23
I love watching him bat, because he has a great approach. Especially this year. But I’m stunned by his lack of power so far. RBI makes sense cause nobody is on bases, but the power is a bit of a concern.
Really, it comes down to hitting philosophy, and somewhere in the year that Carlos was gone, he changed or learned or implemented a more classical technique. That technique is more about balance, solid contact, and using the whole field. Think, line drives, gap shooting, high average hitters, who hit a fair amount of HRs.
Somewhere around 2007/2008 the dominant hitting philosophy switched to one that emphasizes maximizing hip rotation and torque rather than balance... achieving the correct launch angle, rather than level swings that stay on the path of the pitched ball. If you remember back then, suddenly you had some guys that you never would have thought to have power start posting some huge HR#s( Brady Anderson?) Everybody thought it was ‘roids’....
Like anything, the pitching and defenses adapted...note the extreme defense shifts employed today. The result is a lot of .210-.220 hitters with 30+ HRs. Apparently, computer analysis find this more valuable than a .280 hitter with 15Hrs, and a lot of doubles.
I suspect the best hitters are able to do both.... Altuve, Lindor, Brantley. I think Carlos is moving in that direction, and it is good.