Gerrit Cole has thrown a fastball almost 81% of the time. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
In his first two starts, Gerrit Cole has gone heavy on the fastball. Really heavy. As in 80.7% of his pitches have been fastballs. Only one pitcher in all of baseball can top that amount, and that is Bartolo Colon, who is throwing 84.6% fastballs.
The first thing I thought about when I saw Cole’s fastball percentages was an article I read a little over a month ago about Ross Detwiler. The article was written by Adam Berry of MLB.com, looking at how frequently Detwiler was throwing his fastball.
Detwiler was throwing 89.6% fastballs this year, after throwing 80.3% last year. Just like Cole, Detwiler throws a four seam fastball and a two seam fastball. He’s got some good velocity on the four seam fastball, touching 96, but not anything close to the velocity that Cole has. Detwiler also does an outstanding job of pounding the strike zone and commanding his pitches, which is what makes him so effective...