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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

 

 

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