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Thread: Article: Ricky Nolasco and the Declining Strikeout Rate

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    Don't forget about the Suzuki Effect! There was a pre-season article here on TD about his propensity to call more fastballs than other catchers. He may be over-emphasizing the fastball for Nolasco, but it could be the reason Gibson and Hughes are having success. Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siehbiscuit View Post
    Don't forget about the Suzuki Effect! There was a pre-season article here on TD about his propensity to call more fastballs than other catchers. He may be over-emphasizing the fastball for Nolasco, but it could be the reason Gibson and Hughes are having success. Just a thought.
    We were also told to expect better framing. I would think that would create more strikeouts. Our guys should be getting more called third strikes and be ahead in the count more often. Hughes is at his normal k rate and Gibson and Nolasco are down.
    Last edited by tobi0040; 05-07-2014 at 11:25 AM.

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    It is hard to frame Nolasco's pitches if he can't hit the mitt.

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    This very small sample size and lets look at circumstances the Twins have played in this year. Nolasco strikeout pitch is the curveball what have twins played in this year but cold weather and with this cold weather its hard for pitcher to get a feel for the ball when youre freezing. Also I think it takes something off of their fast ball to so spreads between pitchers pitches become less. Also he's in new league trying to learn batters plus facing DH which changes the numbers. Another thing too the Twins defense in outfield has not been stellar and doesn't look to improve much near future. I willing to bet his statisics by year end will be prettly close to carreer norms except for figuring in the DH VS pitcher hitting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
    If Nolasco and Gibson continue to hit bats instead of occasionally missing them, whatever feel-good sentiment I once had for Rick Anderson will be completely gone.

    Or maybe it's already gone. I can't find anything good to say about him anymore.
    If this continues, they'll eventually run out of patience with him and his boss. It's about three years overdue for me.
    "If you'da been thinkin' you wouldn't 'a thought that.."

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    I think that Nolasco just read this post before his start tonight

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