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The “Shep Diagram” is a new way to view the mastery of the top pitchers in Major League Baseball. It all began in late April when a savvy baseball fan named DShep created a GIF of Yu Darvish showing all five of his pitchers layered over each other. The fascinating GIF showing the consistency of his release point, paired with his amazing ball movement, was picked up all over the web. This form of analyzing pitchers has since been coined the “Shep Diagram” it is beginning to cross over to the mainstream as MLB Network created their own Shep Diagram for Justin Verlander. DShep, now working with Fangraphs, has promised many new creations to come. He has said that DA Dickey and Clay Buchholz are on the docket but for now enjoy the original Yu Darvish Shep Diagram and MLB Network’s Justin Verlander version.
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We showed you the incredible .GIF of Yu Darvish tossing his five pitches overlaying one another last week made by Drew Sheppard, and now courtesy of the MLB we can see the same thing from Justin Verlander. The Tigers ace has four pitches which include the fastball, curve ball, slider, and change-up. On the video you can see each of them alone, and finally all compiled together....
Justin Verlander is good. What makes him good is his ability to throw all four of his pitches from the same arm slot and with the same arm speed.
MLB.com generated a snippet where they compared the movement of all four of JV’s pitches (similar to what was done with Yu Darvish’s pitches last week). His fastball, change-up, curveball and slider all look the...
Below is what it would look like if a pitcher had the ability to throw four balls all at once, and exceptionally well. You probably saw it with Yu Darvish first, but MLB Network did it with Verlander the other night:
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Another day, another postponement. This time it was the Mets and Braves down in Atlanta. I am not sure if the game had been played would have helped or hindered what ended up as a pretty good day. Jeremy Guthrie was terrific for the Royals. Phil Hughes was great for the Yankees. The Nationals finally won a game that Stephen Strasburg started, though he did not get the win. Alexi...
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No way Darvish gets the swing and miss on this one. I have no doubt Babe Ruth goes upper deck off this twink. Either way, it’s a pretty cool collection of GIFs between old legends and current players. Have a nice weekend..
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