Andy Sonnanstine Extremely Solid Against New York Yankees

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.

Pitch variation:

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:

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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.

Throwing strikes:

 Sonnanstine threw better than 70% strikes with each of those three pitches and actually got 8.4% swinging strikes tonight. Pretty good.

Groundballs:

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.

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