More on Strasburg

From via Scout’s report: How Stephen Strasburg aced first test in majors – Daily Pitch: MLB News, Standings, Schedules & More – USATODAY.com.

Numbers in the Inside Edge report:

* Strasburg's fastball was between 95 mph and 100 mph on every pitch, averaging 98 mph.

* He threw his changeup at 89 mph to 92 mph.

* Against right-handed hitters, Strasburg threw 27 fastballs, 15 curves and 4 changeups.

* Against left-handed hitters, he threw 31 fastballs, 10 curves, 7 changeups.

* Of his first pitches, 10 of 13 were fastballs to right-handed hitters, 8 of 11 fastballs to lefties.

Other critical observations:

* When Strasburg missed the strike zone, he generally missed low. Only four pitches to right-handed hitters were high and all four were chased (two for outs).

* Every 1-1 count against a Pittsburgh hitter became a 1-2 count.

* Strasburg got an out all but once (94%) once the count reached two strikes.

* Even after falling behind in the count 2-0, 2-1 or with three balls, Strasburg recorded outs 80% of the time.

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  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com/ Steve Martin

    Yeah…but can he recite any of the Commandments?

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com/ Steve Martin

    Yeah…but can he recite any of the Commandments?

  • Kirk

    92mph change up!? Lawd!

  • Kirk

    92mph change up!? Lawd!

  • Douglas

    @1 I’d say he’s got number 10 down pretty well.

    Ten Commandments for Success in Baseball
    by Joe McCarthy (1949)

    1.Nobody ever became a ballplayer by walking after a ball.
    2.You will never become a .300 hitter unless you take the bat off your shoulder.
    3.An outfielder who throws in back of a runner is locking the barn after the horse is stolen.
    4.Keep your head up and you may not have to keep it down.
    5.When you start to slide, slide. He who changes his mind may have to change a good leg for a bad one.
    6.Do not alibi on bad hops. Anybody can field the good ones.
    7.Always run them out. You never can tell.
    8.Do not quit.
    9.Do not fight too much with the umpires. You cannot expect them to be as perfect as you are.
    10.A pitcher who hasn’t control hasn’t anything.

  • Douglas

    @1 I’d say he’s got number 10 down pretty well.

    Ten Commandments for Success in Baseball
    by Joe McCarthy (1949)

    1.Nobody ever became a ballplayer by walking after a ball.
    2.You will never become a .300 hitter unless you take the bat off your shoulder.
    3.An outfielder who throws in back of a runner is locking the barn after the horse is stolen.
    4.Keep your head up and you may not have to keep it down.
    5.When you start to slide, slide. He who changes his mind may have to change a good leg for a bad one.
    6.Do not alibi on bad hops. Anybody can field the good ones.
    7.Always run them out. You never can tell.
    8.Do not quit.
    9.Do not fight too much with the umpires. You cannot expect them to be as perfect as you are.
    10.A pitcher who hasn’t control hasn’t anything.