Nate McLouth is having a rough season for Atlanta, in large part because of a strike-out rate that jumped from 19.9% for his career to over 27%. It’s kind of bizarre, given that McLouth’s contact rate is better than average at 85.6% (right in line with his career rate). His swing rates – both in general, and on pitches specifically in and out of the strike-zone, according to FanGraphs – are also very consistent. His overall rate of swinging strikes is down from 2009, and a touch below what it is for his career. Additionally, pitchers are throwing him fewer pitches in the strike-zone than the league average. It seemed quite strange, and I tried to figure out what was going on over at Beyond The Box Score.