Tell Us How You Really Feel, Matt
So Matt Stairs really didn’t like Gary Denbo’s style of hitting instruction, and thinks he might be to blame for his struggles this season:
“I’m a pull hitter,” said Stairs, who leads the club with a mere eight homers. “I always will be. But right now, I don’t know how to pull the ball.”
Alex Rios’ struggles this season:
“As soon as Alex learns how to pull the ball again properly, he’ll be on fire,” Stairs said. “He’s got that swing now to hit the ball to right field and that’s not him. He should be a pull hitter. What was wrong with the year he had last year? Not a thing. So why change and make him go to right-centre? That’s just the way I see it.”
Heck, the whole damn team just plain sucking at the plate this season:
“I honestly think that this team has forgotten how to pull baseballs,” Stairs said Sunday. “That’s why our home runs are down. You get into batting practice and you’re hitting balls to right-centre, left-centre, instead of working on the proper way of pulling baseballs, and elevating baseballs.”
Head on over to BDD to see that the stats that say yeah, Matt’s probably got a point.