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Paul Konerko and Sliders

So this starts with a shameless plug for a piece I wrote at The Hometown Fan, but if you already know that Paul Konerko is a really good, really underrated hitter, then there's not a ton of reason for you to click the link.

The question I close that piece with, and I'm hoping you can help here, is what kind of pitches Konerko is seeing this year.

Fangraphs' Pf/x data says that Konerko is seeing fewer sliders this season (a pitch he has normally posted negative numbers on) and instead seeing a slew more split-finger fastballs (a pitch he's generally been average on). If it's true, that would help explain his hot first half.

I don't get to watch him everyday the way you guys do. Have you noticed fewer sliders this season? Or is this a case of the Pf/x system getting a little more refined in its pitch identification?

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