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Entries in pitchers (4)


Matt Harvey was Marvy Yesterday

Marvy Met Matt Harvey

With all that goes on each day in baseball, we may not take appropriate notice of someone from whom we already expect brilliance.

Don't do that.

Appreciate great performances.

Appreciate the Mets wunderkind, Matt Harvey.

Look at some Harvey numbers 

  • Yesterday, Harvey, who appears potentially no-hittable in each start, pitched seven shutout innings allowing three hits and walking no one.
  • It was his 10th game that he has pitched seven or more innings and allowed one or fewer runs.
  • Harvey has made 20 starts and in eight of them has allowed three or fewer hits.
  • In six starts, he hasn't walked a batter.
  • In four starts, he hasn't allowed a run.
  • He struck out 10 yesterday, giving him six double-digit whiff games. 

Breaking down yesterday's performance

  • Harvey threw 112 pitches yesterday.
  • He threw 75 strikes and 37 balls.
  • Batters swung at 59 pitches and missed 23.
  • They fouled off 22 and put 14 in play.
  • There 58 pitches in the zone, batters chased 23, and there were 16 called strikes. 

Fasten your seat belts 

  • Overall, Harvey averaged 93.8 mph on his 112 pitches.
  • He threw 73 fastballs and averaged 96.7 and hit 99.9 on the gun.
  • There was only one hit (a single) off the fastball. 

Harvey was placing the fastball everywhere but in one low corner.

Now look at what makes Harvey so great

Check out the location of Harvey's strikeouts.

Look at the corner where he was not throwing his fastball. That's where he was crippling batters with his other pitches.

10 Strikeouts 

  • 3 on fastballs
  • 3 on sliders
  • 2 on curves
  • 2 on change-ups 

While 65.2% of Harvey's pitches were fastballs, 70.0% of his strikeouts were on pitches other than his considerable heat.

Don't take a performance like this for granted. 

Harvey was a maestro yesterday and he is must-see baseball and he may be the 2013 NL Cy Young Award winner. 




Putting the First Inning First

We have been frequently told that you need to get to good pitchers early.

We've also been told how important it is to get off to a good start.

When you follow baseball, you get told a lot of things.

So I decided to I'd a little investigating by putting the 1st inning first.

Mike Minor of Atlanta is our major winner in this category. Minor has faced 15 batters in five 1st inning starts.

A.J. Griffin, Derek Holland, and Homer Bailey have each faced just 16 in five starts.

The two pitchers who have faced the most 1st inning batters this season are Bud Norris and Stephen Strasburg, with 33 each. They've each had six starts, but right behind them is Philip Humber who has faced 32 batters in five starts.

Obviously, Minor has a perfect .000 batting average against, but then again so does Wily Peralta whose faced 18 batters in five starts without giving up a hit.

Humber has been ugly in the 1st with batters hitting a whopping .552 against him.

Wade LeBlanc has been hit at a .536 pace, and it may surprise you to find out that batters are hitting Hiroki Kuroda at a .500 pace in the 1st.

In six games, Bud Norris has thrown 145 pitches in the 1st inning (24.1 ppi). Juan Nicasio and Edwin Jackson have each tossed 126 pitches in five 1st innings (25.2 ppi).

On the good side are Carlos Villanueva (57 pitches), A.J. Griffin (59), Clay Buchholz (60), and Mike Minor (61).

Minor and Peralta have allowed no 1st inning hits and Griffin, Derek Holland, Jason Vargas, Marcos Estrada, and Roberto Hernandez have allowed just one hit each.

Humber has amazingly allowed 16 hits, Wade LeBlanc has permitted 15, Kuroda has permitted 12 hits, and Strasburg, Vance Worley, Mike Pelfrey, and Jeff Francis have allowed 11 hits each.

While there are many pitchers who have not yet permitted a 1st inning homer, it should be noted that in six games CC Sabathia has allowed three, and in five games, Jason Marquis has also allowed three.

Felix Hernandez has struck out 11 batters in six 1st innings.

Jon Neise has struck out none in six starts and Miguel Gonzalez none in five.

Bud Norris has issued seven walks in six starts and Edwin Jackson has issued six walks in five starts.

Contemplating all this data, I would say that undoubtedly Mike Minor is baseball's best 1st inning pitcher so far this season, retiring all the batters he's faced.

And, Phillip Humber so far is baseball's worst allowing 14 runs (all earned) giving him an ERA of 29.08 and a WHIP of 4.385.


Interactive Charts: Swing and a Miss

The two interactive scatter charts below display 2013 American and National League pitchers along with their respective opponent miss rates and strikeout rates. These charts include data through the games that occurred on April 24, 2013. You may mouseover each pitcher to view their data points.