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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Corbin Burnes Made a Few Tweaks and Made History

Given Burnes’ command woes, it’s awfully impressive that he hasn’t surrendered a walk over four starts. But to add to it, he’s also posted 11, 9, 10, and 10-strikeout nights over his first four starts, and the only run he’s given up was a solo home run during his first start.


This is all because of three changes, the first of which is the only one I had anticipated at all coming into this season. That change is Burnes’ cutter usage:

Burnes started leaning on his cutter more and more towards the end of last season, a change in which I bought into, based on Eno Sarris’ mentioning of Burnes’ superior Command+ grade on his cutter as opposed to his other offerings. Burnes has continued to throw it at a higher clip than he did in late 2020. That’s good! There’s a strong correlation between his cutter usage and walk percentage, but you already know that his walk percentage has decreased to zero!

The continued (and increased) reliance on his cutter is one thing, but it’s certainly not the only thing. The pitch has changed, too.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2021 at 12:17 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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