Ryan Vogelsong has not gotten off to a great start and it lead me to take a look at what has and has not been different with him this season compared to previously with the Giants.
I looked into the statistics and I think for the most part he has been a victim of bad luck.
Here is what I wrote for Bay Area Sports Guy:
When you look at the peripheral numbers things really haven’t changed all that much; in 2011 he struck out 18.5% of the batters he faced while walking 8.1%, last year he struck out 20.1% while walking 7.9%, and so far this season he has struck out 18.8% while walking 7.5%.
For the most part he is striking out and walking about the same number of people. That’s good news for Vogelsong as we go forward.
If we switch and take a look at his batted ball data, courtesy of Fangraphs: