Why Sabathia? Big lefty, blazing fastball and slider, hyped, it works.
Sabathia's last start:
Price last night:
Most notable difference in this small sample size comparison:
- Sabathia uses a change-up.
- Sabathia's slider breaks a lot more horizontally, of course it also goes 5-6 MPH slower than Price's too.
- Price's spike curve breaks more vertically than any other pitch recorded. The more I think about it the more it makes sense that Price would feel more comfortable with a curve than change. The latter is a feel pitch, the former requires some innate ability to spin the ball, Price clearly has that ability (see: slider). That's purely conjecture though.
- Sabathia's fastballs have a tighter cluster in movement. Not sure what that means going forward.