Ervin Santana is pitching great, but ...
Two red flags stick out.
1. His slider usage leads the league among starters (43%). It will be interesting to see if he can keep getting away with only 2 pitches as a starter.
2. His in game speed is all over the place:
His last start
Two starts ago
Almost 5 mph swings during the game. Love the productions, hate the red flags.
Here is a comparison between the called strike zone for the Royals and Rays. Small differences over the course of a season can be huge.
The difference in 2012 was obvious, but in 2013, the difference is not as pronounced if at all.
Struggling Pitchers Take Longer to Pitch
Here are the Royals staff with the % of pitches in the strike zone and time they take between pitches
|Name||Pitches in Strike Zone||Time Between Pitches|
Pitchers who are confident they can take the ball and throw it for strikes will. Those who are struggling out on the mound, will take as long as possible until they throw their next pitch.
Team batting is at some extremes
The bad (AL only)
- Least number of home runs
- 2nd least number of walks
- 2nd most grounded into double plays
The good (AL only)
- 2nd most nubmer of triples
- 2nd least number of strike outs.
- 2nd in doubles
- 3rd in AVG
All of the first base speeds I have logged:
- Getz (3.22): 4.0 secs
- Cain (4/15): 4.15 secs
- Hosmer (4/9): 4.25 secs
- Francoeur (4/9): 4.4 secs
And everyone thought Youkilis had a weird stance
If only true
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