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Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball

To this day, the company insists, “we don’t know exactly why it works—it just does!”

NattyBoh Posted: September 16, 2017 at 08:27 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: physics, pitching, wiffle ball

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Baseball Is Moving Away From the Sinker | FanGraphs Baseball

Again, but quicker: My theory is that teams are increasingly selecting for four-seamers because they’re trying to combat the changing swings and approaches. Hitters grew extremely good at punishing the sinker down. It’s still possible to succeed down there — consider, say, Dallas Keuchel — but you need to pitch with ever so much precision. The four-seamer can turn into easier strikeouts, and it stands to reason that’s something teams could continue to chase until hitters get better at the high pitch again. Which should come in due time. Baseball is cyclical, and everything.

The sinker isn’t dead. It’s neither dead nor dying, and with certain pitchers around the league, you might see the sinker even thrive. Yet sinkers are out there in lesser numbers, with four-seamers picking up much of the fastball slack. Fastballs overall are being thrown less often, but there we’re mostly talking about the dropping, tailing variety. Eventually, there could and should be a sinker resurgence. But this seems like it’s the four-seamer’s time to shine.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2017 at 11:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Players’ View: Will Hitters Adjust to the High-Spin High Heater? | FanGraphs Baseball

Some nice comments in this article.

Derek Shelton, Toronto Blue Jays quality control coach: “No. 1, it’s a pitch well sequenced. No. 2, there are organizations that identify it. It started in Tampa. They identified guys who can spin the ball and throw the ball up in the zone.

“I think the way hitters are trending now, with the ball being in the air, there’s usually a little more loft in the swing. For hitters to adjust to that pitch, they’re going to have to shorten up and probably use the middle of the field a little more. It’s a hard balance for guys who already have their swing built.

“If your swing is working in a way where you’re trying to get the ball elevated, it usually happens more on the ball down. I think that’s why organizations are trying to identify guys that spin the ball up, because the ball up that spins… for guys who have more loft to their swings, it’s a harder pitch to impact.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2017 at 10:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Baseball Prospectus | Prospectus Feature: Measuring Pitcher Similarity

Some interesting work on pitch similarity.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2017 at 08:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching, sabermetrics

Friday, July 07, 2017

Who has the best putaway pitch in baseball? - SweetSpot- ESPN

Interesting stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2017 at 07:32 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The curveball’s resurgence is changing starting pitching | SI.com

Although blowing a fastball by someone is a lot of fun, there is nothing like buckling a hitter’s legs by dropping a big curve right over the plate.

Said one NL general manager, “Three teams have become big, big believers in the combination of high fastballs and curveballs: the Astros, Dodgers and Rays. Those teams are heavy into analytics. The game is changing away from the sinker/cutter/slider guys.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Baseball Prospectus | Pitching Backward: What We Know About Spin Rate

I hope this doesn’t make your head spin.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2017 at 01:56 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Injury Was Inevitable for Noah Syndergaard

Baloney. If this were true, teams wouldn’t have such stringent innings limits on young pitchers.

The result is a system where ball clubs are encouraged — are essentially commanded — to squeeze every last bit of life out of their young pitchers, until their arms are ruined … conveniently, right around the time they’re due to hit the open market. Recently, Martinez — remember, he was the only pitcher whose arm hasn’t been hurt yet — signed a long-term contract in which the team bought out his arbitration period and some of the years he would’ve been eligible to sign elsewhere as a free agent. But it, too, was a below-market deal, for only $11.5 million a year — less than half of what outfielder Josh Hamilton made in both 2016 and 2017, despite having not played a single game either season.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2017 at 10:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Five New Pitches Making a Difference in 2017 – The Ringer

Among 96 pitchers who’ve thrown their sliders at least 50 times this season, only six have gotten swings more often than Bundy, and only seven have gotten a higher percentage of whiffs per swing. Bundy’s extra sliders have come at the expense of his four-seamer, which he’s throwing much slower this season, either because he’s simply lost velocity or because he’s intentionally trying to save his strength. Bundy faded down the stretch last season and has never stayed healthy enough in any one season to throw more than the 109.2 innings he totaled in 2016. Maybe the combination of a less strenuous fastball and a bat-missing slider will help him stay on the mound while still logging enough strikeouts to thrive.

Bundy’s teammate Kevin Gausman has also gone slider-heavy this season, bringing back the breaking ball he threw in college to complement his curve. But unlike Bundy, he’s off to a miserable start, walking 15 and striking out only 17 in 24 innings over his first five outings.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2017 at 09:52 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching

 

 

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