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Niemann's pitch usage and swinging strikes

After Niemann went out and pitched really well again relying on the curve I decided to take a look at Niemann's pitch usage on the season. Here's a start-by-start look at what he's thrown:

gid

CH

CU

FF

FS

FT

SL

Grand Total

gid_2011_04_05_anamlb_tbamlb_1

1.10%

10.99%

40.66%

3.30%

26.37%

17.58%

100.00%

gid_2011_04_10_tbamlb_chamlb_1

6.52%

13.04%

34.78%

2.17%

28.26%

15.22%

100.00%

gid_2011_04_16_minmlb_tbamlb_1

0.00%

17.59%

29.63%

6.48%

30.56%

15.74%

100.00%

gid_2011_04_21_chamlb_tbamlb_1

0.00%

15.73%

41.57%

10.11%

15.73%

16.85%

100.00%

gid_2011_04_28_tbamlb_minmlb_2

5.95%

10.71%

38.10%

2.38%

30.95%

11.90%

100.00%

gid_2011_05_04_tormlb_tbamlb_1

12.90%

19.35%

25.81%

12.90%

17.74%

11.29%

100.00%

gid_2011_06_20_tbamlb_milmlb_1

9.41%

27.06%

10.59%

1.18%

50.59%

1.18%

100.00%

gid_2011_06_26_tbamlb_houmlb_1

7.58%

33.33%

25.76%

1.52%

28.79%

3.03%

100.00%

gid_2011_07_02_slnmlb_tbamlb_1

3.06%

29.59%

21.43%

0.00%

44.90%

1.02%

100.00%

gid_2011_07_07_tbamlb_nyamlb_1

6.14%

32.46%

16.67%

0.00%

42.11%

2.63%

100.00%

gid_2011_07_17_bosmlb_tbamlb_1

10.17%

26.27%

15.25%

0.85%

40.68%

6.78%

100.00%

gid_2011_07_23_tbamlb_kcamlb_1

14.13%

21.74%

13.04%

0.00%

50.00%

1.09%

100.00%

gid_2011_07_29_tbamlb_seamlb_1

9.32%

27.97%

9.32%

0.00%

53.39%

0.00%

100.00%

Grand Total

6.49%

22.63%

23.65%

2.82%

36.89%

7.51%

100.00%

See the jump in curve ball usage since his return? Looks like he's scrapping sliders for it. Sliders are pitches that can be very tough on arms, so it may explain why he hasn't used it or why it was ineffective. Pretty indicative of his success seemingly. Also seems like he's swapped some 4s FBs for 2S FBs, but that of course comes with the pitch tagging caveat.

gid

CH

CU

FF

FS

FT

SL

Grand Total

gid_2011_04_05_anamlb_tbamlb_1

0.0%

0.0%

2.7%

0.0%

0.0%

31.3%

5.5%

gid_2011_04_10_tbamlb_chamlb_1

0.0%

33.3%

6.3%

0.0%

0.0%

14.3%

8.7%

gid_2011_04_16_minmlb_tbamlb_1

#DIV/0!

10.5%

9.4%

0.0%

9.1%

17.6%

9.3%

gid_2011_04_21_chamlb_tbamlb_1

#DIV/0!

14.3%

10.8%

11.1%

14.3%

6.7%

11.2%

gid_2011_04_28_tbamlb_minmlb_2

20.0%

11.1%

3.1%

0.0%

0.0%

10.0%

2.4%

gid_2011_05_04_tormlb_tbamlb_1

12.5%

0.0%

6.3%

0.0%

9.1%

0.0%

4.8%

gid_2011_06_20_tbamlb_milmlb_1

12.5%

4.3%

11.1%

0.0%

4.7%

0.0%

4.7%

gid_2011_06_26_tbamlb_houmlb_1

0.0%

4.5%

11.8%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

4.5%

gid_2011_07_02_slnmlb_tbamlb_1

0.0%

24.1%

4.8%

#DIV/0!

2.3%

0.0%

7.1%

gid_2011_07_07_tbamlb_nyamlb_1

0.0%

5.4%

5.3%

#DIV/0!

8.3%

0.0%

6.1%

gid_2011_07_17_bosmlb_tbamlb_1

33.3%

12.9%

5.6%

100.0%

8.3%

0.0%

11.0%

gid_2011_07_23_tbamlb_kcamlb_1

23.1%

10.0%

16.7%

#DIV/0!

6.5%

0.0%

9.8%

gid_2011_07_29_tbamlb_seamlb_1

18.2%

18.2%

9.1%

#DIV/0!

4.8%

#DIV/0!

9.3%

Grand Total

13.2%

8.7%

7.2%

6.1%

5.3%

11.4%

7.5%

Surprisingly, his slider induces the most swining strikes which seems to run counter to what we'd expect. Interestingly, though, he hasn't registered a swinging strike on the slider since his return from the DL.

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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