Zack and Lack f/x


Zack Greinke and John Lackey matched-up in a pitcher's duel that did not disappoint. Although the game took 11 innings to decide, leaving both starters out of the decision, they racked up a combined 17 innings of 2 run ball. Not bad.

They got to, in effect, the same result in two different ways. Lackey got through an extra inning, while throwing 20 less pitches than Greinke did in his eight frame outing. That's a reflection of Greinke's high strikeout total and Lackey's high ground ball rate.

Conveniently, the two aces throw the same set of five pitches, and both with plenty of power. Makes for a nice single-game PITCHf/x comparison. Numbers after the jump.

  • Greinke threw harder
  • Lackey threw more strikes
  • Greinke gave up a few hard hit balls
  • Lackey gave up a ton of grounders
  • There are more similarities than differences in their stuff (spin-wise)

Type # vs LHH vs RHH MPH PFX_X PFX_Z DEG RPM
Greinke Change-up 15 14 1 88.3 -10.7 5.2 244.9 2,361.1
Lackey Change-up 1 1 0 88.0 -10.3 9.7 226.7 2,700.5
Greinke Curveball 20 11 9 76.9 3.7 -3.2 49.3 853.3
Lackey Curveball 17 16 1 80.3 2.4 -3.8 31.1 815.7
Greinke Fastball 66 41 25 96.1 -6.7 11.5 210.1 2,828.1
Lackey Fastball 59 34 25 93.7 -6.3 10.4 211.2 2,520.8
Greinke Sinker 8 5 3 94.4 -10.6 8.9 230.0 2,895.0
Lackey Sinker 10 7 3 93.1 -10.2 7.6 232.9 2,609.9
Greinke Slider 16 11 5 89.5 1.8 2.1 135.6 638.8
Lackey Slider 18 1 17 84.7 1.2 1.5 137.3 420.3

# LHH RHH
Greinke 125 82 43
Lackey 105 59 46

Swing Whiff Chase Watch
Greinke 0.536 0.254 0.379 0.271
Lackey 0.467 0.143 0.277 0.379

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Greinke -0.88 1.02
Lackey -3.56 -0.61

B:CS IWZ
Greinke 3.1 0.472
Lackey 1.3 0.552

SLGCON GB% FB% PU% LD% HR/FL%
Greinke 0.455 18% 41% 5% 36% 0%
Lackey 0.269 46% 35% 4% 15% 0%

 

If you have questions about any of these stats, just drop me a line in the comments.

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