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Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Rays’ next ace: Alex Cobb

Commenter: “his wind up reminds me of elaines dance move on seinfeld”

[Alex] Cobb is at or near the top of the list in two notable, important statistics that go hand in hand with his success… Cobb’s changeup… has accumulated 20 runs of value, meaning it is a pitch that has gotten significantly better than average results. The only pitcher with a changeup whose value is greater than Cobb’s is Felix Hernandez (22 runs)... Pitchers with elite changeups are hard to hit, and Cobb rates best in another stat—hard-hit rate. Inside Edge, a video-tracking service that provides data to teams and media, charts every batted ball, rating each as hit soft, medium or hard… Cobb has the lowest hard-hit rate of anyone with at least 80 innings pitched this season. He has allowed hard-hit balls in only 9 percent of the at-bats against him…

Pitching is an evolving process, and Cobb has discovered that what works best for him is different from what works for most other pitchers. His windup includes a pause point midwindup and a leg kick that would be best described as nontraditional… “Most people do a leg kick where they bend their knee 45-degree angle to third base,” Cobb said earlier this week. “I try to reach to the catcher by squeezing my hip. That’s where the pause comes into play. It’s not to distract the hitter. I just want my arm to catch up to the rest of my body. A lot of people have told me that the pause messes with hitters. That’s just a bonus.”

The District Attorney Posted: August 30, 2014 at 03:40 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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