22 pitches, 13 for strikes (or in play), and an effortless night for Dude Howell, who made his second appearance of the tournament and his first since being hit with a batting practice ball. Howell's velocity topped out at ~83 miles per hour, last year his average fastball velocity was above 86. That's a bit concerning, but not overly so, there's a chance Howell is coasting through these appearances. One more note before I post the charts: Howell is classified as throwing all change-ups and curves, that's simply not correct, the algorithm that Gameday uses is classifying some fastballs as change-ups due to their speed - or lack of. Anyhow, here you go:
Howell induced four swinging strikes tonight. Out of 22 pitches, that's a 18% swinging strike rate. That's pretty impressive, even with the small sample size.