The professor started out the season with giving up a homerun to Thome and it didn't get any better from that point. After 5 games his ERA stood at a woppin' 18.90 (Wang territory). Since then he has not allowed a run and has lowered his ERA to 4.40. I looked around his pitch charts and nothing stood out until looked at a stat at Brooks Baseball called nibbleness
Nibbleness is the arithmetic mean of the distance of each pitch, in inches, from the edge of a normalized strikezone. Lower indicates "more Nibbley".
Here are Farn's fastball nibble scores for the first 5 games and his last 5 games.
|Date||Number of Fastballs||Nibbleness|
It seems the Professor has become the student and learned to keep his straight flying fastball out of the heart of the plate by ~2. Let's just hope he doesn't revert back to his old ways.
Update: I had Harry over at Beyond the Boxscore run the nibble rates for the past 2 years is a chart of the information. The numbers are different from the ones above because Harry could figure out the eact equation to get a "normalized strikezone"
|2009 First 5 Games||5.96|
|2009 Rest of Season||5.21|
Looks like his first few starts of 2009 were out of his recent norm.