Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Breaking down Ben Revere's fifth inning at bat in Monday's loss

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
@Philabaseball

Ben Revere played a crucial role in Monday's fifth inning by working a walk out of an 11-pitch at bat off Atlanta starter Tim Hudson.  

Revere's patience with one out and a runner on first allowed Jimmy Rollins to follow with a single, setting up a bases loaded situation for Chase Utley who eventually drove in a pair with a single to right field.

The chart below shows the pitch sequence and location from Revere's at bat against Hudson. 


You can see Revere fell behind early on a questionable strike low in the zone. He then proceeded to foul off five pitches, three of which were over the middle of the plate. Sitting on a 1-2 count after the first three pitches, Hudson tried to get Revere to chase pitches that were low and inside. Hudson then went outside with a pair of pitches but Revere held off and eventually walked on a pitch in the dirt.

Throughout the at bat, Hudson threw six sinkers, two curves, and two cutters before losing Revere on a splitter.

All told, Revere saw 28 pitches on Monday and finished 1-for-4 with a walk. 

Revere saw 3.6 pitches per plate appearance last year and 3.5 the year before. In comparison, Jimmy Rollins saw 3.7 pitches per plate appearance last season and 3.8 the year before. 

The biggest offensive knock on Revere, aside from his lack of power, has always been his trouble getting on base. If he hopes to significantly contribute and remain in the top spot of the lineup he will have to continue doing exactly what he did Monday night - remain patient at the plate and work the count.

- Patrick Gordon is Managing Editor of the Philadelphia Baseball Review.  Follow him on Twitter @Philabaseball and contact him at pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com.

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