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Mottolla attempting to tell Munenori Kawasaki how to pull a baseball. Kawasaki would later line a ball directly into the dugout, opposite field.
These guys are the current and former Jays hitting coaches. If you want someone directly responsible for the Jays' woes at the plate, look no further than these two guys.
Mottola seems as though he doesn't want to rock the boat that much and is trying to get a feel for what his players are doing. Meanwhile, the long road ahead for him is trying to desensitize the team from the teachings of Dwayne Murphy.
Murphy's concept of hitting is simple: Get a pitch you like and hit it with as much power as you can. In other words, put a powerful swing on it. Personally, that is a terrible approach, as many players will swing at fastballs on the outside corner, and end up pulling them weakly for groundballs.
Not only that, but they become more susceptible to off-speed pitches. Colby Rasmus can attest to that as he has one of the highest strikeout rates of anyone on the roster.
The biggest thing with me is the Jays' inability to get on base, which even if they get a guy on base, they can't string base hits together because everyone is trying to hit home runs.
Everyone is trying to hard and their swings are too long. The Jays need to get back to the basics of hitting.
As a former baseball player and shortstop, I hit better than .300 in college every year I played. What I did was to sit on a pitch until two strikes. That might for work the Jays.
If I'm looking for a fastball mid to low, in the middle or middle in, then I will put a good swing on it. If it's anything else, even a fastball that starts at my eyes, I don't swing.
I would usually chart where the pitchers are trying to pitch me. If, for example, they are pitching Jose Bautista away, if I was Jose, I'd be sitting on a fastball outside, and looking to smash the ball to the opposite field. I'm not trying to pull it. That's where the problems lie.
Everything the Jays try to hit is pulled. Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Lawrie, J.P. Arencibia and Colby Rasmus all have to deal with a shift. If they were going to all fields, the field opens up and the holes in the defence begin to show.
Simply put, the Jays are trying to do too much. Trying to pull the ball on outside pitches, swinging at get-me over fastballs and fouling them off, and not swinging at fastballs down the pipe have led to the Jays' hitting struggles.
Lets hope someone can put a stop to it.