PITCHf/x

This section focuses on all things PITCHf/X

The most extreme release points in baseball

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The highest, the lowest, the farthest right, and the farthest left release points in the game.

Your guide to Clayton Kershaw's insane 2014 season

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In which I explain: why Kershaw's 2014 is unprecedented for him; how it's unprecedented for anyone; and how he's done it.

Edwin Jackson: A Cub lost in the woods

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Is Edwin Jackson salvageable?

Does RP velocity matter?

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How much does velocity matter for relief pitchers? Maybe less than you think when it comes to performance. Managers however seem to give pitchers with greater velocity more leeway when it comes to...

Gio Gonzalez effective velocity follow up

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An analysis of Gio Gonzalez viewed through the lens of effective velocity.

Jake McGee, predictable and dominant

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There are no gimmicks with Jake McGee. Hitters know what's coming but McGee beats them anyway.

Odrisamer Despaigne: Eephus Master

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Odrisamer Despaigne may never be a star pitcher, but he is unparalleled in one facet of pitching.

Yasiel Puig's three triples, broken down

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Yasiel Puig became the first Dodger to hit three triples in a game since 1901 on Friday. Replay review aside, how exactly did he do it?

Who is Tsuyoshi Wada

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In the wake of a recent trade the Cubs have come to rely on Tsuyoshi Wada, a former NPB ace that has struggled somewhat in transitioning to MLB. Can he prove his doubters wrong, or is he getting it...

Francisco Liriano's formerly invaluable slider

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Liriano's slider was one of the best in baseball last season. Getting it back on track is the key to his second half success.

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Approaching Pujols

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We've already established that Albert Pujols has seen the cut fastball more often over the last four years, but are teams intentionally approaching him that way, or is it simply a result of the...

Josh Beckett's hip impingement injury

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Due to the large amount of axial and torsional force put upon the hip joint in the act of pitching, the femoroacetabular (hip) impingement injury sustained by Josh Beckett is not an uncommon one.

Hisashi Iwakuma's spectacular splitter

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The Seattle righty has taken his game to the next level in 2014, behind modifications to his pitch selection motivated by shifted preferences. But can he improve further?

Zach Duke: Now with strikeouts!

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Zach Duke wasn't known for eye-popping stuff or terrific numbers. That might have to change.

Does effective velocity help explain Phil Hughes?

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Phil Hughes is having a great year so far. Is his performance related to the concept of effective velocity?

Are splitter specialists magical?

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Pitchers who throw a lot of splitters look, walk, and talk like normal humans, but that doesn't mean they don't possess magical powers.

Adam LaRoche's quad strain: effects on hitting

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How has Adam LaRoche's recent quad injury affected his swing and hot start to the season?

Hamate fractures and power in the PITCHf/x era

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Do hamate bone fractures permanently sap a hitter of his power?

Does the strike zone shrink in later innings?

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Do umpires have a narrower strike zone in later innings? PITCHf/x data allows for this question to be checked.

How has Jose Abreu's approach impacted his season?

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Abreu's solid approach at the plate has played a tremendous role in his early season success. His combined patience at the plate and aggressive approach against pitches in the zone has been crucial...

Tommy John surgeries and similarity scores

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We look at similarity scores to find potential differences between pitchers who have had one Tommy John surgery and those who go on to have a second procedure.

Introducing the new Francisco Rodriguez

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K-Rod is back, kind of....

A closer look at Scott Kazmir's triceps tightness

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We look at the role of the triceps muscle in throwing through the lens of Scott Kazmir's last start.

Viewing Masahiro Tanaka Through Similarity Scores

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With Masahiro Tanaka's much-heralded start, many try to find his best comparison as a pitcher. Who is Tanaka's most comparable according to Pitcher Similarity Scores?

Justin Verlander's wOBA split: Cause for concern?

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The season is still very young, but Justin Verlander shows a significant left-right wOBA split for the first time in his career.

Do the best-hitting catchers of 2013 frame well?

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Offense-first catchers are a valuable rarity, but how many of them can also frame pitches? We're taking a look at the top five hitters behind the dish from 2013.

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