Originally written February 01, 2013 on ChadMoriyama.com:
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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. —– Best Overall Pitches Randy Choate – Slider – .058 TAv Brandon League – Splitter – .096 TAv Ronald Belisario – Slider – .121 TAv The first two pitches should come as no surprise given that they are basically what both pitchers make their money off of. However, Ronald Belisario’s slider? Really? Yeah, but I’m guessing that’s almost entirely based on how surprised hitters are to see it when they’re expecting nothing but 95-97 mph sinking fastballs. —– Best Individual Pitches Fastball Scott Elbert – .237 TAv Javy Guerra – .256 Shawn Tolleson – .273 Matt Guerrier – .320 Ronald Belisario’s .082 was disqualified because I’m about 99% sure these pitches were simply identified incorrectly. In any case, I’m surprised by how the Dodgers have zero fireballing fastball relievers. Sinker Ronald Belisario – .225 TAv Jamey Wright – .258 Randy Choate – .262 Todd Coffey – .263 Brandon League – .280 Mike MacDougal – .342 Shawn Tolleson – .395 To have everybody know the pitch is coming and to still beat hitters with it is amazing. Cutter Kenley Jansen – .187 TAv Javy Guerra – .208 Scott Elbert – .242 Jamey Wright – .258 Matt Guerrier actually had a .139, but he barely met the minimum and Kenley Jansen’s cutter is his main pitch and was still below .200, which is silly. Also, I’m biased and wanted to show that GIF. Deal with it. Curve Jamey Wright – .171 TAv Javy Guerra – .271 Slider Randy Choate – .058 TAv *Visual Is Above* Ronald Belisario – .121 Brandon League – .147 Shawn Tolleson – .206 Todd Coffey – .214 Jamey Wright – .215 Kenley Jansen – .236 Unfair to lefties, really. Change None Qualified Splitter Brandon League – .096 TAv *Visual Is Above* When he has got his command working, it’s a filthy, filthy pitch.
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