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Too Many Floyd Fastballs

Over the last three season, Gavin Floyd threw fastballs about half the time.  Unfortunately, the 92 MPH pitch is the least effective of his five offerings:


Gavin Floyd, 2008-2010
Opposition BattingFastballChange, Cutter, SliderCurve ball
Batting Average .306 .252 .137
On-Base .374 .311 .155
Slugging .503 .395 .192
wOBA .377 .309 .154


His curve is so effective because it moves a great deal more than expected both horizontally and vertically:

Gavin Floyd curve ball movement, 2008-2010.He can also put in anywhere in the strike zone.

Gavin Floyd curve ball location, 2008-2010.Floyd needs his fastball to set up his other pitches.  Those others are high quality enough that Gavin might want to pitch backwards sometimes, and use his cutter or change-up to set up the fastball.

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