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Sunday, September 02, 2018

Fangraphs: Jeff Sullivan: The Particular Skill of Kyle Freeland

Kyle Freeland has been the Rockies’ best pitcher this season, currently with an ERA+ of 160 and a bWAR of 6.8.  That WAR total is the second best season in Rockies’ history. (Ubaldo Jimenez is #1 with 7.5 WAR in 2010.)

Freeland’s ERA (2.90) is far better than his FIP (3.80) and other peripherals-based stats would suggest.  Jeff Sullivan writes about Freeland’s strengths, comparing his location to Mariano Rivera and Tom Glavine:

I’ve mentioned Rivera and Glavine, and I’ve shown you their heat maps, because this is what you find when you look up Freeland’s performance, which has resulted in a lot of soft contact:

The visual parallels are evident. Freeland has attacked to the glove side, and Freeland has attacked to the arm side. There’s no easy way of checking for similar heat maps, but this kind of split is not very common. Somewhat frequently, you’ll find guys who live on one side or the other. Freeland lives on both sides; he doesn’t live down the middle. No starting pitcher in baseball this year has thrown a lower rate of pitches over the middle of the plate. Freeland is staying away from the barrels.

puck Posted: September 02, 2018 at 08:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
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