Posted By Jeff Fletcher on March 14, 2009 11:14 am
A while back I discovered what I felt was a very interesting stat about Matt Holliday’s career in Colorado. Just to refresh your memory, I found that Holliday’s numbers steadily improved the longer he was on a road trip. My theory was that he adjusted to the sea-level conditions (sharper breaking balls) the longer he was away from Coors Field.
So this morning I finally got to ask Holliday about it. He was a little skeptical.
“I think the main thing for me and most players are more comfortable at home with the batters’ eye, with the lights,” he said. “When you step in a box in the first time in a series, it takes a while to get comfortable with batters’ box and seeing the ball. I’m not sure.”
When I pressed him a bit more with my breaking ball theory — C’mon Matt, let me explain how this hitting thing works — he gave a little acknowledgement.
“Maybe you do start adjusting to the break of the ball, being a little shaper than in Colorado,” he said. “I don’t think there’s a real clear answer in my mind.”
See, he said maybe.
So you’re saying there’s a chance…