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Jose Iglesias has a .507 BABIP this year. This article is not about that BABIP, exactly, but we are starting there. Iglesias entered the season with a .164 career BABIP in the majors, and a .300 BABIP in the minors, and a reputation as the best defensive shortstop in baseball, with a bat that might be just weak enough to support that glove. Finding out Jose Iglesias has a .507 BABIP is like finding out that Chin-lung Hu quietly signed with the Pirates and hit 14 home runs in May. Anyway, like I said, this article isn't about that BABIP.

A year ago, we did a blind BABIP test for a Jake Peavy start; 20 balls put in play, 10 were hits, and you tried to guess which were which based on all the information you could collect up to the point of contact. Gosh, did you ever do terribly. Given a 50 percent chance of guessing the correct answers blindly, you collectively got 52 percent of the answers correct. But maybe that wasn't fair; maybe focusing on the pitcher (who, as we know, controls his BABIP only a little bit) is a doomed exercise. Hitters control their BABIP some bit more than that. So maybe we should be focusing on the batter, looking to see if he's balanced and putting a good swing on the ball or flailing, jammed, late, or on top of the ball. So what happens if we do this from the batter's perspective? Will we be any better? I suspect… well, honestly, I don't know.

There are 10 sets of GIFs below. Each set includes a Jose Iglesias base hit and a Jose Iglesias out. You have to guess which is which, the twist being that the GIF cuts off at the frame before contact is made. In most cases, I'm going to include a screengrab of the final frame to give you a better look to study, though it wouldn't surprise me if it'd do you better to just ignore that and focus on absorbing the natural flow of each GIF, a simpler and Zennier approach. (I'm not putting the final frame for all of them simply because I want to see whether your guesses are better with or without that hint.) Because of our technological limitations, sometimes the final frame shows the bat on the ball and sometimes it shows the ball a few feet in front of the plate, though every final frame is within nine or 10 feet of the plate at the very most.

I truly don't know if you'll get 90 percent or 40 percent of these. I will assure you that each pairing, as well as the order of each pair, was determined by a random number generator, so do not bother getting fooled by patterns (e.g. there have been three hits in a row on the left so the next is probably on the right). The hits and outs themselves were gathered randomly, too, so they're not a particular type or hit or a particular type of out that I went looking for. No attempts to skew this were made, I promise.

Finally, in addition to your answers (either in comments below, or by email to me at the link below, or by Twitter via @SamMillerBP), please predict how many you will get right. I'm interested not just in whether you're capable of spotting the hits but in whether you think you are capable of spotting the hits. Let's have fun!

1. Jose Iglesias vs Michael Kohn (left) and vs Joe Blanton (right)

(This one is the hardest. Don't get frustrated yet!)

2. Jose Iglesias vs. Freddy Garcia (left) and Vinnie Pestano (right)

3. Jose Iglesias vs. Brian Shaw (left) and Alexi Ogando (right)

4. Jose Iglesias vs Jonathan Pettibone (left) and Robbie Ross (right)

5. Jose Iglesias vs. Scott Kazmir (left) and Joe Blanton (right)

6. Jose Iglesias vs. Chris Tillman (left) and Roberto Hernandez (right)

7. Jose Iglesias vs. Jeremy Horst (left) and Freddy Garcia (right)

8. Jose Iglesias vs. Jonathan Pettibone (left) and Chad Durbin (right)

9. Jose Iglesias vs. Michael Stutes (left) and Robert Coello (right)

10. Jose Iglesias vs. Scott Kazmir (left) and Joe Nathan (right)

Did you get 'em? You got all of them, right? Prove to me that you got all of them right! I'll post the answers (or a link to the answers) in this space later today, and we'll see how you got all of them right.

ANSWERS: Right, Left, Left, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right, Right, Left. Expect to write the results up in an Unfiltered before too long. (But everybody did awfully.)

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Schere
6/18
r r r r l l r r r l
fabiopao
6/18
RLRRRRRLLR
benjh5
6/18
Hits: R R L L L R R L R R Outs: L L R R R L L R L L
ejmabluejays
6/18
R L R R R R L L R R Generally picked the side that most looked like it would result in a ground ball (higher BABIP than a fly ball statistically). On a few it looked like the contact would have resulted in a cheap bloop the other way or a jam shot blooper so I picked those ones as well.
ejmabluejays
6/19
6/10, 1 better than what would be expected by random guessing... I'll take it!
Tythelip
6/18
Hits: R L L R L R L R R L Outs: L R R L R L R L L R I think I did pretty well, ten of ten.
Tythelip
6/19
Nailed 'em 10 out of 10.
tballgame
6/18
LRRRLLRRRL. Come on 60%
gweedoh565
6/18
Hits: 1. R 2. L 3. R 4. L 5. L 6. L 7. R 8. R 9. L 10.R I think I got almost 50% correct.
rkowna
6/18
Hits: R R L L L R L R L L Outs: L L R R R L R L R R
ravenight
6/18
1. L 2. L 3. R 4. R 5. R 6. R 7. R 8. R 9. L 10. L I'll say I got 7 of 10 - there's at least a few where I have a really strong feeling one way or the other.
BobcatBaseball
6/18
1. Right 2. Right 3. Left 4. Right 5. Right 6. Left 7. Right 8. Right 9. Left 10. Left Did anybody from last year test get it all right?
bradabel
6/18
Hits: R L R L R R R L R R 4/10
hegglund
6/18
1. R 2. R 3. R 4. L 5. L 6. L 7. R 8. L 9. L 10. R Don't tell me you did something sneaky like put all the correct ones on one side or the other.
rawagman
6/18
1. Right - Pitch missed target - more likely for fielders to miss 2. Right - Better, more balanced swing 3. Right - Pitch seems to hang (maybe the gif froze?) 4. Right - Pitch seems to be in Iglesias' "wheelhouse" 5. Left - Good, balanced swing 6. Left - Good, balanced swing 7. Right - just because ( I am least confident about this one) 8. Right - Pitch missed target (see #1) 9. Right - Pitch seems to be in Iglesias' "wheelhouse" and it missed the catcher's target. 10. Left - Less sharp movement to the pitch. Confidence ratio - 70%
shvictor
6/18
L R L R R R R L R R 5/10
jharrison3
6/18
R L R L L R R L L R
jharrison3
6/18
Oh, and I bet I got 3 right.
bobbykester
6/18
Wait...What?...Jose Iglesias has made 10 outs this season?...
DNicholas
6/18
Hits L L R L L R R R L L I think my chances are 50/50.
DNicholas
6/19
5 out of 10. Nailed my expectation!
kipwells
6/18
L R L R L L R R R R
kevinebert
6/18
I think these are the hits: L R R R R L R R R R I'd guess I got 6 or 7 of them right.
SteveOSama
6/18
L R L R L L R R R R (I picked the gif where we was more erect, hot hunched over, just before he made contact; not really sure why)
marcat
6/18
L R R L R R L R L R I'd guess I have almost no skill at this, and will go with a 50%! And I went ahead and chose the Joe Blanton one because, you know.
marcat
6/18
Except the first one, because I didn't read realize it was Blanton on the right. That's ok!
gcarbert
6/18
R R R L L R R R L
lyricalkiller
6/18
You're missing one! This makes me suspect that you might be one off on all of these and, therefore, will end up getting... half right, like everybody else. (Spoiler: Everybody has been terrible so far, basically)
Tythelip
6/19
I got every one right.
lyricalkiller
6/19
That's why I said "basically"! I had you in mind.
redspid
6/18
Blind monkey test without looking LRRLRRLLLR
marcat
6/18
Your first six match my first six ha! Oh dear...
misterjohnny
6/18
Hits: L R L R L L R R R L It comes down to whether Jose can hit a high fastball. Many of these were a pitch up vs a pitch down. If he is good with the high fastball, I got about 70%. If he can't catch up, I'm at 30%. I'll go with 70%.
HPJoker
6/18
I'm predicting that I get 2 right, because randomness. 1) Right 2) Left 3) Right 4) Left (The Red Sox destroyed Pettibone in this game) 5) Right 6) Right 7) Right 8) Left 9) Right 10)Left
ddietz2004
6/18
1. R 2. L 3. R 4. R 5. L 6. L 7. R 8. R 9. R 10. L I'm predicting I will answer half correctly because I probably out thought myself.
sfrischbp
6/18
L R R R L L R R R L I think my Zen impression was influenced the most by pitch location rather than anything about the batter, so I suspect I was pretty random.
Matt10
6/19
1. L 2. R 3. R 4. R 5. L 6. L 7. R 8. L 9. L 10 R I'm guessing I got 6
louispupu
6/19
1L out, pop up to catcher or weak comebacker to pitcher 1R hit, line drive over the 1st baseman 2L out, 1 or 2 bouncer to 3rd 2R hit, line drive to right-center 3L hit, comebacker up the middle 3R out, grounder to short 4L out, grounder to 2nd 4R hit, double to right-center gap 5L out, grounder to short 5R hit, line drive over 2nd basemen 6L hit, line drive to right 6R out, grounder to short 7L out, pop up to 1st base 7R hit, line drive to left 8L out, grounder to 1st 8R hit, soft liner just over shortstop 9L out, fly out to right 9R hit, line drive to left-center 10L hit, line drive to center 10R out, bouncer to short
louispupu
6/19
Oops I just see you posted the answer at the end, however, will you post the detailed result on each at-bat so I can check out my call on each one? Thank you.
gjhardy
6/20
Upon review, the one consistent thing I am able to discern is that Joey Churches can hit a high fastball. But he also has some hits off swings in which his rear end is going in the wrong direction and he looks like he's in emergency swing mode. Hence the BABIP over .500?