Matt Moore's fastballs last night

USA TODAY Sports

A quick look at location and movement by velocity.

I was intrigued by the wide range of velocity Matt Moore showed on his fastball last night, so this morning I grabbed the data from Brooks Baseball and threw it into some graphs. I wondered if he got less or more movement when he threw his 90 mph fastballs than he did when he threw his 95 mph fastballs.

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I'm not seeing any compelling patterns there.

Then I wondered if he had better control over his softer fastballs, so I plotted their location and dropped in an estimated rulebook strikezone. There's some problems with this approach, as we don't know where Moore was aiming with each pitch.

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It seems like the hard fastballs were more likely to be up, and the soft fastballs were more likely to be down. There was a period, in the middle innings, where Moore just tried to pump soft fastball after soft fastball into the zone, and that shows here.

Still, this is just food for thought. I don't think we can draw any good conclusions from it, but it's something to monitor and maybe explore with the full data set.

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