The No. 1 criteria upon which to judge a starting pitcher is his No. 1 — the fastball. Is it a pitch that hitters can sit on since on average this year starters throw it about 55 percent of the time? Or can it vex them even when they guess right?
So this week let’s put fastball pitching performance under the microscope with our friends at Inside Edge. The criteria was that you had to throw 300 fastballs thus far, which would seemingly eliminate all non-starters. But Scott Feldman snuck onto the list even though he’s recently shifted into the bullpen. Carlos Torres is also a reliever so ignore him, too. The relievers remember are facing batters one time mostly and can just max out. Also note that the league averages are a .228 well-hit rate on fastballs and 15.9 percent miss rate on fastball swings.
These stats are current entering action on Thursday. So we missed VincentRead More »from Pitching by the Numbers: Judging starters by their fastball