Josh Willingham's Left Field Power
Ever notice how every Josh Willingham homer looks the same? Think about it: When was the last time you saw Willingham hit a homer to right? Or even to center? The Nats' other big home run guys do it all the time; Ryan Zimmerman sprays the ball from gap to gap. Adam Dunn takes about one of every four home runs toward the opposite field.
But Willingham? He's the most pull-happy home run hitter in the National League. By far.
"I've always been that way," Willingham said when I showed him a print-out of the chart below. "It's pull power. For my career, I maybe have five home runs to the opposite field."
Among all NL players with 20 or more homers -- and Willingham now has 23 -- Willingham is the only guy who's hit every one to the same side of the field. This web site allows for a comparison.
Here are the landing spots of Willingham's 2009 home runs:
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