Rating The Starters' Pitches

I've been too busy this week to write a lenghty post, but I have been able to classify all the Rays starters' pitches for this season. Now my handy database can easily compute metrics like run values and contact rates. Some brief notes after the jump.

Pitches Number Pitch rv100  rv Whiff% Contact% OTP% Swing% SLGCON
David Price 64 CH 0.36 0.23 3.1% 93.8% 51.6% 50.0% .474
David Price 304 CU 0.17 0.51 7.6% 82.6% 46.4% 43.4% .528
David Price 1039 FF -0.82 -8.48 9.8% 79.4% 47.4% 47.5% .466
David Price 297 FT -1.72 -5.12 9.1% 80.0% 46.1% 45.5% .353
David Price 126 SL -1.79 -2.25 9.5% 78.9% 39.7% 45.2% .345
                   
James Shields 413 CH -1.81 -7.47 22.8% 62.5% 37.0% 60.8% .481
James Shields 219 CU -0.43 -0.94 10.5% 75.8% 41.1% 43.4% .333
James Shields 327 FC 0.13 0.41 5.8% 86.8% 45.9% 44.0% .429
James Shields 574 FF 0.96 5.49 3.5% 92.4% 60.3% 45.8% .720
James Shields 180 FT 5.73 10.32 2.2% 94.6% 42.2% 41.1% .975
James Shields 8 SL -6.16 -0.49 0.0% 100.0% 75.0% 75.0% .200
                   
Jeff Niemann 217 CU 0.62 1.34 12.0% 67.5% 40.6% 36.9% .667
Jeff Niemann 196 FC 0.19 0.37 9.2% 77.5% 46.9% 40.8% .537
Jeff Niemann 507 FF -1.09 -5.55 4.3% 88.5% 50.1% 37.7% .410
Jeff Niemann 158 FS 0.40 0.63 17.1% 72.2% 36.7% 61.4% .579
Jeff Niemann 489 FT -2.57 -12.58 5.9% 89.1% 51.5% 54.6% .346
Jeff Niemann 7 SL -8.76 -0.61 14.3% 80.0% 71.4% 71.4% .000
                   
Matt Garza 87 CH 1.58 1.37 10.3% 67.9% 34.5% 32.2% .545
Matt Garza 153 CU 0.90 1.38 6.5% 76.2% 35.9% 27.5% .529
Matt Garza 814 FF -0.87 -7.07 5.3% 88.6% 48.0% 46.2% .467
Matt Garza 414 FT 1.14 4.72 5.1% 88.3% 39.1% 43.2% .548
Matt Garza 288 SL 1.23 3.53 18.4% 65.8% 37.8% 54.9% .738
                   
Wade Davis 64 CH 5.24 3.36 3.1% 93.1% 31.3% 45.3% .750
Wade Davis 199 CU -0.10 -0.21 5.0% 87.2% 49.7% 39.2% .419
Wade Davis 893 FF 0.19 1.74 4.7% 89.9% 49.7% 46.4% .603
Wade Davis 214 FT 0.83 1.77 7.5% 84.0% 35.5% 46.7% .571
Wade Davis 171 SL 0.54 0.92 9.9% 78.2% 35.1% 45.6% .452

 

*Definitions at the end of the post.

**If you cannot see the full chart, click the "Wide" screen option on the right. 

Brief Notes:

  • Wade Davis's best pitch is his curve which he appropriately uses more than his slider.
  • Remember my article on David Price's slider for the DRB annual? Price has toned downed the usage but it has been much better than it was last season.
  • Yes, Jeff Niemann does throw a cutter, it is just a slow cutter (like Cliff Lee). But his two seamer isn't slow. Niemann can throw it harder on average than his four seam fastball.
  • Garza isn't having a good year. His slider is getting the whiffs if it isn't getting beat hard by opposing hitters (look at the SLGCON).

Notice anything else interesting? Want to know something else? Comment away.

 

Definitions: rv100 (run values per 100 pitches, negative good). rv (run values, negative good), whiff% (swinging strikes divided by total pitches, the higher the better), contact% (fouls and fair balls divided by total swings), OTP% (pitches over a 20 inch wide plate divided by total pitches), swing% (swings divided by total pitches), SLGCON (total bases divided by fair balls).

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