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The Best and Worst Pitches of the Rays Staff: First Month

We have about a month of play finished already so here are the best and worst pitches of the Rays staff sorted by run value with negative being good for the pitcher (run prevention). I only charted those pitches thrown at least 20 times with the contact rate added for show (just look at Garza's slider).


NAME # pitch rv100 CONTACT
David Price 43 SL -5.44 81.0%
Jeff Niemann 38 CU -5.35 76.9%
David Price 131 FT -4.91 80.4%
Dan Wheeler 37 SL -4.70 75.0%
Matt Garza 82 SL -4.29 52.1%
Wade Davis 77 FT -2.90 87.9%
Jeff Niemann 142 FF -2.87 88.9%
Rafael Soriano 35 FT -2.62 83.3%
Andy Sonnanstine 102 FC -2.38 89.8%
James Shields 121 CH -2.22 60.3%
Jeff Niemann 28 SL -2.19 45.5%
Dan Wheeler 54 FA -2.17 95.5%
Randy Choate 33 SL -2.06 46.2%
Grant Balfour 163 FF -1.96 83.5%
Grant Balfour 22 SL -1.88 66.7%
Lance Cormier 120 FC -1.47 93.1%
Matt Garza 25 CH -1.46 62.5%
Wade Davis 58 SL -1.36 75.0%
Matt Garza 236 FF -1.31 88.4%
Wade Davis 284 FF -1.05 89.3%
David Price 234 FF -0.33 75.9%
Jeff Niemann 45 FS -0.19 80.8%
Mike Ekstrom 46 FT -0.15 100.0%
Lance Cormier 39 CU -0.09 66.7%
Matt Garza 34 CU -0.01 81.8%
James Shields 192 FF 0.15 91.3%
David Price 22 CH 0.22 100.0%
Rafael Soriano 42 SL 0.22 78.3%
James Shields 60 CU 0.56 81.0%
James Shields 94 FC 0.69 87.2%
Rafael Soriano 95 FF 1.06 90.0%
Jeff Niemann 112 FT 1.34 93.8%
Matt Garza 152 FT 1.37 91.8%
David Price 91 CU 1.79 90.5%
Randy Choate 86 FA 1.98 93.3%
Wade Davis 49 CU 2.24 87.5%
Mike Ekstrom 57 FF 2.30 90.0%
Mike Ekstrom 24 SL 2.70 62.5%
Jeff Niemann 23 FC 4.07 100.0%
Wade Davis 22 CH 5.02 100.0%
Scott Kazmir 32 SL 6.88 66.7%
James Shields 68 FT 8.22 93.5%
Andy Sonnanstine 29 SL 8.56 83.3%

Hey! David Price's slider is making a comeback. And somehow I forgot to take Scott Kazmir out but his "new" slider is atrocious when put into play since his SLGCON is at 2.000. But it seems most pitcher's get their whiffs on sliders.

Data from MLBAM. Classifications are my own. Google Doc of table above.

This post was written by a member of the DRaysBay community and does not necessarily express the views or opinions of DRaysBay staff.

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