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Entries in no-hitter (4)

Sunday
Jul142013

Tim Lincecum's No-Hitter Heat Map & Nine to Know

The Jeopardy answer: Not bloody likely.

The Jeopardy question: Do you think that Tim Lincecum will throw his first no-hitter in 2013?

But, the Freak as he is lovingly called by his fans (you don't want to know what he is called by his detractors) threw 148 (!) pitches at the San Diego Padres who did not hit one of them for a base hit.

He struck out 13 and walked four and hit a batter in the 9-0 victory. His 148 pitches is the second most for a no-hitter exceeded only by Arizona's Edwin Jackson's 149 against the Rays on June 25, 2010.

Hunter Pence's Great Game and Great Catch

Hunter Pence drove in five runs with a groundball, a three-run triple and his 14th home run but even without his five RBI, the Giants would have won, but Lincecum would not have a no-hitter without his great catch. 

Lincecum said, “That was really special. To be honest with you I thought that was a hit off the bat. Hunter comes flying in out of nowhere and makes the Superman catch. It was hard not to feed off the excitement that that caused.”

Pablo Sandoval makes the play

Pence's brilliant catch became the web gem of the night only after Pablo Sandoval's great play at third to end the 7th when the Panda came up huge on a grounder to third.

Nine to Know

  1. Lincecum threw 148 pitches to 32 batters 96 were for strikes with 73 swings, 29 misses.
  2. The average velocity of his pitches were 84 mph, with a peak of 91.5.
  3. Batters fouled off 30 of his pitches, took 23 called strikes, and chased 36 pitches out of the zone.
  4. Lincecum mixed his pitches throwing 61 fastballs, 36 sliders, 29 curves, and 21 changeups.
  5. He produced 13 whiffs, two line drives, six fly balls, and six grounders.
  6. Lincecum went to three balls on nine batters, walking four and whiffing two.
  7. Lincecum went to two strikes on 25 batters, walking two and whiffing 13.
  8. Lincecum's 148 pitches were the most thrown this season exceeding Clayton Kershaw's 132 against the Nationals on May 14, and the 130 thrown by Yu Darvish (5/16) and Anibal Sanchez (5/24).
  9. Lincecum's previous high pitch game was September 13, 2008 when he four-hit, you guessed it, the Padres.
Wednesday
Jul032013

Comparing Homer Bailey's two no-hitters

As I wrote about extensively this morning, Homer Bailey threw his second career no-hitter last night, this one against the Giants winning 3-0. Last September 28, Bailey no-hit the Pirates 1-0 in Pittsburgh, a mere 17 starts ago.

Let's compare and contrast the two no-hitters

Homer Bailey's No-Hitter, July 2, 2013

Versus the San Francisco Giants at Great American Ballpark

  • Bailey threw 109 pitches, 74 strikes.
  • He walked one and struck out nine.
  • He went to three balls on nine batters, walking one and striking out three
  • The average velocity of his fastball was 92.8 mph.
  • Batters swung at 57 pitches, missed 17, and fouled off 22.
  • Bailey threw 84 fastballs, 2 changeups, 1 curve, and 22 sliders.
  • He threw 86 pitches over 90 mph and 47 over 95 mph.
  • In the 9th inning, he threw 13 pitches, 12 fastballs and one slider.
  • His 9th inning pitches averaged 96.3, reaching a maximum velocity of 97.4.
  • His final three outs were on a 96 mph four-seamer, 97 mph two-seamer, and a 97 mph four-seamer.

Homer Bailey's No-Hitter, September 28, 2012

Versus the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park 

  • Bailey threw 115 pitches, 74 strikes.
  • He walked one and struck out 10.
  • He went to three balls on seven batters, walking one and striking out two
  • The average velocity of his fastball was 91.0 mph.
  • Batters swung at 54 pitches, missed 17, and fouled off 20.
  • Bailey threw 79 fastballs, 6 changeups, 10 curves, and 19 sliders.
  • He threw 72 pitches over 90 mph and none over 95 mph.
  • In the 9th inning, he threw 16 pitches, 14 fastballs, one change-up and one slider.
  • His 9th inning pitches averaged 90.8, reaching a maximum velocity of 92.9.
  • His final three outs were on a 89 mph four-seamer, 91 mph four-seamer, and a 92 mph four-seamer. 

It seemed as if Bailey was two different pitchers 

  • Bailey threw 79 hard pitches in Sept, against the Bucs, and 84 yesterday, but his hard stuff was much harder yesterday.
  • He averaged 88.6 on all his pitches in Sept and 92.8 yesterday.
  • 44.3% of his pitchers were in the strike zone against the Pirates and 54.1 against the Giants.
  • 83 of his pitches were on the outer half in Sept, 63 yesterday. 

However, the vertical location of his pitches were similar:

 

  • In each no-hitter, 34 pitches were in the middle of the plate and 39 were down in the zone in September, and 40 were yesterday.

 

I can't wait to see the numbers for the next Homer Bailey no-hitter.

Thursday
May032012

Jered Weaver's No-Hitter

Click image to enlarge

Jered Weaver threw 121 pitches in his no-hit performance against the Minnesota Twins last night, striking out nine and walking one.

Weaver's heat maps show that he kept the ball away from Twins' lefties all night. He threw a mix of fastballs, curveballs, changeups, and sliders.

Of the 121 pitches that Weaver threw, only 49 actually located within the strike zone. This isn't surprising as Weaver's zone% is fairly low (45.8% since the start of 2011, bottom 12% of the league). What is interesting is the number of strikes that home plate umpire Mark Carlson denied Weaver.  Weaver threw 21 pitches within the strike zone that were not swung at by Twins hitters; only 12 of those pitches were correctly called strikes.  Take a look at the correct call heat map:

Click image to enlargeThe blue section to lefties down in the zone represents most of the missed strike calls. Carlson simply wasn't giving Weaver the strike at the knees last night.

However, you will also notice the large incorrect section outside to lefties. Weaver was actually getting a fairly wide strike zone. Of the 47 pitches Weaver threw out of the strike zone that were not swung at, 12 were called strikes.  Two of those strike calls were strike three calls, both to lefties.  However, neither of the two were outside pitches.  The first came in the 7th to Alexi Casilla - the small blue dot on top of the strike zone.  The second was the strike out of Denard Span in the 9th - that inside blue dot.

All in all, Weaver lost nine strikes in the strike zone and gained twelve strikes outside of the strike zone. Given the results, he's probably not complaining.