Hitting the ball in the air consistently is easier said than done. It implies applying theoretical changes to the way a batter hits the ball, often altering a lifelong routine. The hands, the launch angle, the hips, the legs… it isn’t an easy exercise. However, the New York Mets’ catcher Wilson Ramos decided to give it a try.
Why would a hitter try to lift the ball more often? Thanks to analytics and advanced metrics, we have come to understand that a batter would enjoy better results at the box if he hits line drives and fly balls than if he consistently puts the ball in the ground.