Are the yankees pitchers madduxes or zitos_ – pinstripe alley

Last Sunday, I dug a bit into Baseball Prospectus’ new pitching metrics, in another effort to crack the enigmatic Nathan Eovaldi and Michael Pineda. How to install a fence It turned out that concepts such as pitch tunnels, command, and control did help explain some, but not all, of the frustration that Pineda and Eovaldi have caused the Yankees the past couple years.

Today, I wanted to look at the Yankees’ staff through a lens introduced by BP, called ” Two ways to tunnel.” Again, I encourage you to read through all of BP’s new stuff, as it as interesting as it is potentially enlightening. Lanscape Put most simply, pitch tunneling refers to the ability of a pitcher to deceive the hitter by keeping all of his pitches in a narrow “tunnel.” If all the pitches he throws are from the same release point, and all travel on a similar trajectory up to the tunnel point at which the batter must decide to swing, then the pitcher can keep the hitter in the dark about what’s coming.

The aforementioned two ways to tunnel are straightforward: one can go the Greg Maddux route, or the Barry Zito route.


Sprinkler world colorado springs This is a simplification of a complex subject, but it’s sensible. Lattice energy equation Maddux might be the father of pitch tunnels. Dot furniture In a piece on Maddux, the Washington Post’s Thomas Boswell wrote “(Maddux) honed the same release point, the same look, to all his pitches, so there was less way to know its speed—like fastball 92 mph, slider 84, change-up 76.” To Maddux, it didn’t matter if his stuff wasn’t eye-popping, if he could just make all his pitches look the same as they approached the hitter.

The Zito-approach is the opposite. Francesca battistelli songs list Zito did not make an effort to confuse hitters: he changed release points and arm angles on different pitches, and opposing batters surely had a decent idea what was coming. Pitch definition Zito’s strategy clearly was to get ahead in the count with fastballs, and bury the hitter with wicked breaking balls. Softball rules and regulations It didn’t matter that all his pitches looked different immediately out of his hand because they moved so darn much.

The Yankees’ wiliest veteran, CC Sabathia, also is notably Maddux-like. How to pitch a reality show He has one non-Maddux trait, in that his tunnel differential was wide, at an above average 10.7 inches. Chicago cubs spring training 2016 However, Sabathia’s release differential was just 2.0 inches, and his pitches had little late break and a narrow velocity spread. High pitched voice Plus, Sabathia has been forced to harness his command as he has aged, and his CSAA of 1.8% was among the game’s elite. Board on board fence He might not have the same tunnel as Maddux, but he resembles Maddux in many other ways at this point. Softball chants The Zitos

The clearest Zito on the Yankees is probably Luis Severino. Frances bavier images Severino has talked openly about how his release point was a bit out of whack last season, and the numbers corroborate that story: his release differential was over 3.1 inches, one of the largest spreads in the league. Landscaping with rocks His tunnel differential was also a higher than average 10.1 inches.

Severino did, however, have an above average level of late break, and any Yankee fan that has watched him knows he has potentially overpowering stuff. Pro landscape supply He can sit mid-90’s as a starter and approach triple digits as a reliever. Frances bean cobain Of course, he has been essentially a two-pitch pitcher, so if Severino can’t either harness a third pitch or curtail his walk and home run problems, it will be difficult for him to unlock his potential as an overwhelming, Zito-type starter.

Eovaldi is also worth mentioning, even if he isn’t currently on the Yankees. Baseball field vector Eovaldi struggles with command, and has a huge disparity between pitches at both the release and tunnel points. Football games on now He does possess elite velocity and potentially worthwhile secondaries, so while it’s unknown if he’ll ever suit up in pinstripes again, he has been a notable Zito for the Yankees in the past. Spring training arizona schedule The Ambiguous

It feels absolutely fitting that Michael Pineda is difficult to group into either category. Softball tryouts near me The case for Zito: Pineda, like Zito, is predictable. Facebook search people He attacks hitters with fastballs to get ahead, and tries to put them away with a sharp slider. Softball cheers He has impressive stuff, and lacks the requisite command of most Maddux-like pitchers.

The case for Maddux: Pineda’s level of deception rates surprisingly well. Landscape pictures His tunnel differential and release differential are both much smaller than league average, and his pitches don’t differ widely velocity-wise. Dripping springs texas hotels At gun point, I might lean Zito for Pineda, due to his flashy stuff and lack of command, but he really does exhibit an odd combination of traits from both camps.

The Yankees’ most successful recent pitchers appear to have taken the Maddux-route, but that doesn’t mean it is the only effective way to pitch. Little league pitch count chart Pitchers on opposite ends of the pitch tunneling spectrum, from Bartolo Colon to Rich Hill, can find unique ways to fluster hitters. Drip from my walk lyrics And as Pineda helpfully illustrates, placing pitchers into these two buckets can be imprecise. Dripping springs high school football Even so, BP’s new metrics provide an interesting way to view the Yankees’ pitchers, and will be worth monitoring going forward to see if their strategies change at all during the upcoming season.

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