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Joe Mauer - Does he need to pull the ball more?

As the face of the franchise Joe Mauer probably takes the most heat for his performance (or lack of) on the field.

Taking a look at Mauer's spray chart I noticed something really interesting. More after the jump.

First of all, Mauer seems to get booed at the games a lot when a clutch situation comes up and he fails to pull through. I don't blame anyone for booing him because I've done it too... however, it goes without saying WHY I boo him.

Thanks to texasleaguers.com for providing the data (link here) on Joe Mauer.

We know that Mauer has a very good swing and tends to hit a lot of balls to the opposite field... but just how much does Mauer prefer doing that? Well, a lot.

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via pitchfx.texasleaguers.com

It's very interesting, for me, to see that Mauer has not made a single OUT when he pulls the ball to right field. Not a single out. How crazy is that? This chart also seems to tell me that Mauer has had a tough time getting underneath the ball/turning on the ball to lift it into right field. Mauer also tends to ground out a lot (27.21% of the time) and seemingly all of his ground outs are double plays.

Additionally, Mauer always seems to be behind in the count at 0-1. It seems pitchers know they can throw Mauer a cookie cutter straight down the middle and he won't swing at it... I know he's a great batter and all but still... He should turn on a fastball down the middle.

Anyway... does anyone else think that Mauer should pull the ball more?

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