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Saturday
Mar122011

The Away Pitcher

Since joining the Twins Carl Pavano uses his off-speed pitches on the outside of the plate to get hitters out.  He moves the fastball in and out, as demonstrated here against left-handed batters:

Carl Pavano, fastball location, with the Twins, 2009-2010.He does a good job of avoiding the middle of the plate, but the pitch is hittable.  Lefties post a .384 wOBA against the pitch.  Pavano only throws it about 40% of the time, however, with his off-speed stuff staying mostly outside:

Carl Pavano, off-speed pitches, with the Twins, 2009-2010.Lefties have only managed a .267 wOBA against these pitches.  One reason for that is Carl splits these off-speed offerings between his change-up and slider, which show different movements:

Carl Pavano, change-up movement, with the Twins, 2009-2010.Carl Pavano, slider movement, with the Twins, 2009-2010.While both pitches dip down about the same, the slider moves in a little more, giving Carl the ability to start it off outside the strike zone and then break in.

The only difference against righties is that Carl tends not to work them inside with the fastball as much.  Otherwise, the location of the pitches is the mirror image as against lefties.

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