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Monday, March 21, 2016

Chris Archer traded fastball run for rise in 2015, and it made him an Ace - DRaysBay

But Archer’s game elevated to another level in 2015, almost literally. Instead of relying on the running two seamer as his primary pitch, he reverted back to earlier career fastball usage rates and relied on his four seamer to get the job done. He traded almost 4.5” of run for an extra 3” of rise.

The additional use of the rising four seamer may have played perfectly off of the insane drop of his hard slider. While the slider dropped 9” from the two seamer in 2014, that gap increased to 11” off the rising four seamer in 2015.

Faced with a 95 mph fastball and 88 mph slider, batters couldn’t decide quickly enough whether the ball was going to drop under the zone, or rise above it.

Swinging strike rates jumped, leading to a huge increase in strikeout rate. Archer notched 252 strikeouts over 212 innings in 2015, far more than ever before. And though many of those were victims of his deadly slider, there are a few good shots of just how good that rising fastball was in this outing:

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2016 at 12:52 PM | 11 comment(s)
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