Hey, all. This week, I'm going to introduce a new feature that will run weekly- Short Hops. I'm going to analyze some of the recent trends from our Buccos and see what information can be gleaned.
- It's no secret that Zach Duke is not a strikeout pitcher. Possessing a fastball that sits in the 88-91 MPH range and mixing in a solid curveball and changeup, Duke makes his living by painting the corners (104 Walks in 355 career innings) and inducing plenty of groundballs (1.79 career Groundball to Flyball Ratio.)
However, there comes a certain limit to the effectiveness of this strategy when the pitcher simply can't strike anybody out. There exists a strikeout threshold where pitchers, even those with excellent control and groundball tendencies, simply struggle to remain effective. It is exceedingly difficult to find starters that have a great degree of success while striking out fewer than 5 batters per 9 innings.
The reasons for this are fairly apparent. The fewer p...
Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.