Matt Garza Gives Pen a Break, Erases Mistakes

120 pitches from Garza and he wasn't at his absolute best, but he gave most of the pen a much-needed breather. 89 fastballs and 13 sliders and curves. The velocity differences are striking:

Fastball: 92-95

Slider:  85-87

CU: 75-76

10 swinging strikes, 9 on fastballs, evenly split against lefties/righties. The results were good, the processes were altered by the environment. As the Fanpost on the right sidebar shows, Garza was squeezed on a few at-bats, so you can't be too critical of his outing.  Although that's not to say the control displayed was pinpoint today, he definitely missed in to righties quite a bit:

Location_php_medium

 

Grant Balfour had an interesting outing. His fastball velocity was back in the usual 93-95 range, suggesting he was simply suffering from fatigue last time out. Balfour threw 12 fastballs and five breaking pitches, whether they be sliders or curves. The so-called curves saw a velocity differential of about 10 MPH. Balfour threw back-to-back curves to end the Kelly Shoppach at-bat, one fouled off, the other down and away for strike three. The pitch also registered a swinging strike and a called ball. Not too shabby.

 

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join DRaysBay

You must be a member of DRaysBay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at DRaysBay. You should read them.

Join DRaysBay

You must be a member of DRaysBay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at DRaysBay. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker