Last time out, Andy Sonnanstine got the results, but didn't have very good processes. Somehow Sonny held the Red Sox to a pair of runs and ended up getting tagged with the victory. This time out, it was exactly the opposite. Let's run through it.
Relative to the rest of the season, Sonnanstine used his fastball (either two or four seam) about 4% more than usual. His change-up was used less (but new and improved!), the slider was used more, curve less, and cutter about the same. For a specific breakdown: FA (12.6%), CH (4.2%), SL (27.4%), CU (18.9%), CT (36.8%). As you can imagine, using three pitches around 20-40% of the time leads to some interesting pitch chains. I'm toying around with Excel (shocker, right?) so let's try something new, and hopefully a bit better visually than usual:
The first thing that jumps out to you should be the clusters of sliders within the first chain, then a bunch of cutters in the third and fourth chain. From there Sonnanstine starts to mix in all of his pitches until the 8th and 9th chain. I think the most interesting thing is the usage of a non-fastball pitch after almost every slider.
Obviously this doesn't take location into account -- yet.
Sonnanstine threw better than 70% strikes with each of those three pitches and actually got 8.4% swinging strikes tonight. Pretty good.
14 grounders, 5 flyballs, 0 homeruns.
This was easily his best start of the season and it doesn't matter that he didn't get the win. If you need a (W) or (L) in the boxscore to tell you how to judge a start then you're doing it wrong.