WASHINGTON -- There is no disputing Juan Lagares' success at the plate has slowed down. After a three-hit game on May 4 at Coors Field, Lagares was hitting .338. Since then, he is 5-for-27 in 11 games (six starts).
Terry Collins cited Lagares' propensity to chase pitches out of the strike zone as a concern because opposing pitchers are exploiting it.Nark Simon/ESPN Stats & Information
A look at the pitch location of Juan Lagares' eight outs on pitches that were outside the strike zone since May 5.
Still, according to ESPN Stats & Information's Mark Simon, Lagares actually is chasing pitches outside the strike zone (and missing on those swings) at a lower rate of late:
Through May 4 -- 34 percent chase rate, and missed on 39 percent of chases.
Since May 5 -- 31 percent chase rate, and missed on 24 percent of chases.
However, there's more to that analysis ...
Through May 4, Lagares had seven base hits on 46 swings at pitches out of the zone.
Since May 5, he has zero base hits on 21 swings at pitches out of the zone.
The Mets encourage as a philosophy selectivity at the plate -- swinging at pitches in your wheelhouse in the zone to maximize the ability to drive the ball.