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Thursday
Apr192012

Bartolo Colon Zones In

In the Athletics 6-0 win over the Angels yesterday, starting pitcher Bartolo Colon threw 108 pitches, 82 for strikes. Beginning with Maicer Izturis' 5th inning at bat, Colon recorded 38 straight strikes.  Here's a look at the heat map for his outing:

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Colon threw nearly all fastballs (93 of 108), using his changeup and slider sparingly.  However, three of his five strikeouts came on his offspeed pitches; two from his slider and one from his change.

Colon lives around the strike zone.  His 66.8% strike rate in 2011 was 11th best in the league.  Angels hitters also helped Bartolo out a bit by swinging at 35.9% of his pitches out of the strike zone yesterday.

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