I saw this article today -- he mentions the Corvette!You really are old
Would be interesting to see that FB% further expanded to show the game moving away from the 2 seam and sinker towards the 4 seamThere has been some talk about how FB usage league wide is on the decline. The new modern wave of pitchers starting to affect the aggregate stats of the league as a whole.
Used to be, as recent as Mickey's days in Cleveland, that FB% needed to be up around 60%. to 65%. Was a big point of contention between him and a certain pitcher on staff. But as the years have gone by and the staff has changed and reevaluated, you will see all Cleveland pitchers moving towards a "lower FB%" mix.
Here is Civale's latest start. Down at the bottom in red is his FB percentage usage per time through the order. 33% the first time rising to 44% the next couple passes. 'New school" pitching philosophy would tell these deep arsenal pitchers, that FB usage should hover around 40%. Civale bounces right around it.
As more of these "new school" pitchers have success, in a league where imitation is king, the more you are likely to see FB percentage usage continue to decline. Probably will never get all the way to 40%, but slightly under 50% seems to be a realistic #.
Spinning the ball is king these days, and kids that know how and why will continue to change the league.
i listened too - last out was gil floresI saw this article today -- he mentions the Corvette!
Tanana pitched a great game -- beat by a Kuiper triple/cannot recall who squeezed him home. I listened to this game on the radio...good times.
But then the hitters will adjust and start sitting on the breaking ball.Spinning the ball is king these days, and kids that know how and why will continue to change the league.
It seems like he has had ups and downs, and had last year did not look good after an injury. Fingers crossed we picked up a gem.But then the hitters will adjust and start sitting on the breaking ball.
By the way, what do you think of Maton? Last night he was throwing hook after hook and they couldn't hit it. He mixed in an occasional fastball for show but he attacked the hitters with his curve, which was much more effective than his fastball last year.
Since coming over from the Padres Maton's line in Cleveland is:
16.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 18 K, 0.86 WHIP
Not bad. Last night he struck out Abreu on three pitches, then got another K and a pop out in the bottom of the 9th with the score tied. According to Fangraphs he is throwing his fastball 36.7% of the time this year against a career figure of 64.3%. His fastball percentages the last four years are interesting: 76%, 61.2%, 57.4% and 36.7% in four appearances this year. He's definitely bought into the whole spin thing and it's working for him so far.
I'm wondering if the Indians unearthed another gem here. Dude had a 7.77 ERA with the Padres last year when we scooped him up.
This article ties in nicely with the point I was going to bring up with the Astros being at the forefront of utilizing spin rate while the Pirates are/were slow in adapting this philosophy.