Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  By By Ken Rosenthal  |  Last updated 9/6/13
How the heck is Koji Uehara doing this? And why was he the Boston Red Sox's fourth choice to close this season when no reliever in baseball is hotter? I've got a whole bunch of crazy numbers for you, but let's start with these: Entering Thursday night, Uehara's average fastball speed of 89.2 mph was the second-slowest among closers with at least 10 saves, according to STATS LLC. Yet Uehara's swing-and-miss rate of 36.3 percent ranked third, behind only Kansas City's Greg Holland and -- just barely -- Cincinnati's 100 mph man, Aroldis Chapman. Huh? "Throw the radar gun out. He has two above-average pitches, and they're both swing-and miss," Red Sox manager John Farrell said, referring to Uehara's fastball and splitter. He's deceptive. He's efficient. He's -- ah, you've heard it all before. Except for this ... "Honestly, I sit there and think the guy has got like a sixth sense," Farrell said. "He has such a feel for what the hitter is looking for and if they're going to swing....
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