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Entries in first pitch strikes (2)

Tuesday
Sep102013

0-0: First Pitches, Much About Something

Getting ahead of batters is a stat that can never be minimized which why the first pitch of an at bat is so critical. That first pitch sets the tone for the at bat as the pitcher creates the mosaic of an at bat.

But that first pitch is dangerous for pitchers

So far this season, batters are hitting .343 with 278 homers on the first pitch of an at bat. This is slightly better than the 1-0 count in which batters are hitting .337 with 178 homers and a lot better than the .303 and 151 homers they hit when down 0-1.

Let's look at the leaders in the variables associated with the first pitch.

Nobody has faced more batters than:

Nobody has produced more balls in play on the first pitch of an at bat than:

Nobody has allowed more hits on the first pitch of an at bat than:

Nobody has allowed fewer hits on the first pitch of an at bat than:

Nobody has allowed more homers on the first pitch of an at bat than:

Nobody has allowed fewer homers on the first pitch of an at bat than:

Nobody has produced more swings on the first pitch of an at bat than:

  • Patrick Corbin - 283 swings
  • Cole Hamels - 272 swings
  • Justin Verlander - 258 swings

Nobody has produced more swings and misses on the first pitch of an at bat than:

  • Matt Harvey - 71 swings and misses
  • Yu Darvish - 69 swings and misses
  • Justin Verlander - 68 swings and misses
  • Mat Latos - 68 swings and misses

Nobody has produced fewer swings and misses on the first pitch of an at bat than:

  • Scott Feldman - 19 swings and misses
  • Bronson Arroyo - 21 swings and misses
  • Kevin Correa - 22 swings and misses

Nobody has produced more called strikes on the first pitch of an at bat than:

  • CC Sabathia - 326 called strikes
  • Chris Sale - 324 called strikes
  • CJ Wilson - 313 called strikes

Nobody has produced fewer called strikes on the first pitch of an at bat than:

Nobody has a lower batting average against on the first pitch of an at bat than:

  • Kris Medlen - .245
  • Jorge de la Rosa - .247
  • Clayton Kershaw - .248

Nobody has a higher batting average against on the first pitch of an at bat than:

Nobody has produced more 1-0 plate appearances than:

Nobody has produced fewer 1-0 plate appearances than:

Chipper Jones on going after the first pitch:

“There are certain pitchers, quite frankly, that you can’t get behind,” Jones said. “You want to be aggressive and the first hittable fastball that you get is the pitch you want to put in play. Because they’ll bury you if they get ahead of you. You can’t let them do that.”

Friday
Oct152010

C.J. Wilson Prepares for Patient Yankees

The First Pitch Strike:
In 2010 C.J. Wilson had a first pitch called strike rate of 45.6%. That puts him in the 67th percentile amongst all MLB pitchers. The league average is 42.3%.

Against the Yankees in 2010 C.J. Wilson had a 51.5% called strike rate. That puts him in the 75th percentile for MLB pitchers facing the Yankees. To be successful against a patient team like the Yankees look to see Wilson focus on getting ahead in the count during Game 1 of the ALCS.  

Second Time Around:
The 2010 Yankees hit Wilson very well the second time through the order. Here is an inning by inning snapshot of the Yankees performance against C.J. Wilson during the 2010 season:

Inning: Plate Appearances / AVG. / SLG%

1st: 8 / .143 / .143
2nd: 9 / .143 / .143
3rd: 12 / .455 / .545
4th: 5 / .200 / .200
5th: 5 / .500 / .750
6th: 3 / .500 / 1.000
7th: no plate appearances
8th: no plate appearances
9th: no plate appearances

Yankeess vs. C.J. Wilson Following the 2nd Inning:
PA: 25
AVG: .409
SLG: .545
WOBA: .470