Originally written on ChadMoriyama.com  |  Last updated 10/24/14
As fans of the Dodgers, we’re always analyzing which pitchers have the best and worst pitches, but we normally base that on nothing but our own feelings at the moment, so I decided to take a more objective look at things. For a pitch to qualify for these rankings, I used a 200-pitch minimum for starters and a 50-pitch minimum for relievers. The metric used to measure pitch effectiveness is True Average (TAv), which is basically like wOBA. League average performance is set at .260, and the metric doesn’t include baserunning. Additionally, to prevent the post from being solely numbers-based, and one that would have been mind-numbingly boring, I decided to provide visual evidence as well. —– Worst Overall Pitches Chad Billingsley – Cutter – .336 TAv Josh Beckett – Fastball – .307 TAv Aaron Harang – Sinker – .307 TAv Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the dumpster fire. HOLY **** CHAD BILLINGSLEY STOP THROWING THAT PITCH For the most part, he did abandon it in 2012, but apparently not enough. And honestly, it’s hard to tell when he was trying to throw a cutter or a slider because they both sucked and his separation between the pitches was inconsistent (protip: that is bad). Also, there was a time when the fastballs of Josh Beckett and Aaron Harang (seriously, he posted 5 WAR seasons throwing it like 70% of the time) were feared. Not anymore. —– Worst Individual Pitches Fastball Josh Beckett – .307 TAv *Visual Is Above* Chris Capuano – .297 Joe Blanton – .268 Aaron Harang – .256 Clayton Kershaw – .253 Chad Billingsley – .241 Ted Lilly – .213 How far the mighty have fallen… Sinker Aaron Harang – .307 TAv *Visual Is Above* Joe Blanton – .295 Josh Beckett – .278 Chris Capuano – .272 Chad Billingsley – .232 To put this into perspective, by throwing it to a hitter, he basically turned everybody into Josh Hamilton. Cutter Chad Billingsley – .336 TAv *Visual Is Above* Josh Beckett – .282 Joe Blanton – .253 Curve Chad Billingsley – .251 TAv Aaron Harang – .240 Joe Blanton – .183 Josh Beckett – .183 Clayton Kershaw – .084 Slider Chad Billingsley – .263 TAv Joe Blanton – .250 Aaron Harang – .218 Clayton Kershaw – .213 Chris Capuano – .190 Stuff wise, I don’t actually think his off-speed pitches are bad. Location wise? Yeah, he hangs them a lot. A LOT. Change Joe Blanton – .264 TAv Josh Beckett – .237 Chris Capuano – .211 It’s almost as if throwing a change with no movement or deception is a bad thing.
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