Matt Magill was pretty good in his Major League debut on Saturday night. It was (presumably) a game seen by more people than normal because it was televised on MLB Network, and Magill didn't disappoint.
His line: 6 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 101 pitches, 73 strikes
Seriously, we couldn't have asked for anything more. He was in line for the win before Matt Guerrier did his best Todd Worrell impression, but that's what the Dodgers get for having Guerrier on the roster. But I digress.
There were some interesting takeaways from Magill's outing.
Data courtesy of Brooks Baseball
I thought Magill was throwing a lot of first-pitch sliders. It seems my assumption was correct.
He threw first-pitch sliders to right-handers, but also threw significantly more of them against left-handers than the average right-hander.
Something else to note from this data is how much he relied on his fastball to get left-handed hitters out. Every time he was ahead of a lefty...