05-08-2014, 11:54 AM #1
Improvements out of Nolasco
Earlier this week I took a look at why Ricky Nolasco’s strikeout rate was well below par for him to start the season. More concerning to me, in addition to the lowly strikeout rate was that his average in two-strike situations was grotesque.
The source for these struggles appeared to be the reluctance to use his breaking pitches with two-strikes:
The most notable difference between last year and this year is his reliance on the fastball instead of either of his breaking balls. After throwing 35%/65% fastball/secondary split in two-strike counts in 2013, he’s throwing at a 44%/56% split this year – and his fastball has been hammered. When he throws the fastball in two-strike situations, opponents are hitting .429 (9-for-21 with 3 doubles).
Take a look at the difference according to ESPN/TruMedia:
NOLASCO IN 2-STRIKE COUNTS Innings Fastball% Strikeouts Batting Average Against 1st 5 starts: 29.2 46% 13 .362 Last 2 starts: 15 27% 15 .107
Good signs out of the Twins’ highest-paid free agent.
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05-08-2014, 12:15 PM #2
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05-09-2014, 11:20 AM #3
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I think part of this may have been the fact that he pitched his first couple games in terrible weather. Don't forget that these stats don't happen in a vacuum! I assume it might be a little harder getting a feel for breaking pitches in the cold, especially for a guy coming Florida and LA.
Of course, it could just be the whole "You eally got to establish that fast-ball" mentality.