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Pretty sure I will soon have a nightmare loosely based on the word "Vogeldong." Thanks, Chris.
5 days, 7 hours ago on Vogeldongs: A look at recent pitchers with spikes in HR-rate
Your previous post was literally the first thing I thought of as soon as I saw the hit. My second thought- somebody told Zito about said post, and he's been desperately trying to pull a pitch ever since. This made me smile uncontrollably.
1 week, 2 days ago on An important day in Barry Zito history
This is how all baseball players from Georgia dress.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Very important news item
I've always heard Lincecum's changeup described as being so impossible to hit because, in addition to its deceptiveness, it has the tendency to "drop off", "disappear", or otherwise totally ninja-vanish at the plate. In 2012, though, hitters were clearly squaring it up more.
Interestingly, Pitch/FX (via Fangraphs) shows these values for average Z-movement of Timmy's changeup from 2008-2012: 3.3, 4.0, 3.7, 2.9, 1.3.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Important things to look for from Tim Linecum tonight
Your article got me digging deep into Lincy's Fangraphs page. It does seem obvious that hitters were making better contact last year- his LD% went up to 23.8%, an all time high.
One thing that screamed at me, though, was that his HR/FB was 14.6%, (9th worst in all of baseball) nearly twice as high as his career avg prior to that. The league average was just over 11% last year. In other words, when facing Lincecum, the average hitter suddenly had the power of Andre Ethier whereas before they were more like James Loney.
Considering that he pitches half his games in one of the least homer-friendly parks in MLB, that seems like it has bad luck written all over it.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Briefly on Tim Lincecum’s fastball