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Tuesday
Mar292011

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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