Long: Gardner needs to use his lower half moreBy
Via George King, hitting coach Kevin Long found a mechanical flaw in Brett Gardner‘s swing during a recent video session. “He is not trying to lift the ball at all, it has more to do with what he is not doing with the lower half,” said K-Long. “He isn’t using the lower half. And he is looking at pitches and expanding the zone more than usual. He has been feeling for his swing.” For what it’s worth, I noticed that Gardner had abandoned the two-handed follow through during his at-bat today. OF course, it was just one at-bat. Hannah wondered if he should hit ninth, but me? I say absolutely, let him work out the kinks in a non-premium lineup spot.
Recommended: Check out this FanGraphs Community post about Gardner’s propensity to take strikes. Very interesting stuff.