You've probably never heard of Matt Daley, unless you're a fan of an NL West team. Heck, I'd never heard of him until the Rockies called the right-handed relief pitcher up early last season. Given that I know about 2000 active players, Daley's failure to merit a blip on my radar reflected his anonymity. He didn't get a big league look until he was nearly 27. In his first season in the majors, Daley certainly showed one pronounced trend: he allows a ton of fly balls. Fifty-five percent of batted balls off the righthander were outfield flies in 2009, with another 16.7 percent registering as infield flies. Both of those numbers rank among the highest in the majors. Now, conventional wisdom correctly states that groundball pitchers are better than flyball pitchers, because while a grounder is ...
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