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2008 vs. 2009 – Pitching

2008 vs. 2009 – Pitching

As Chuck Finder reported this morning, Joe Kerrigan has yet to decide whether he will return as the Pirates' pitching coach in 2010. While it is nearly impossible to measure a coach's effect on a team, I thought this would be a good time to compare the 2008 pitching staff to the one we have seen thus far in 2009. Let's jump right into a whole mess of team stats.
 

2008
2009

ERA
5.10
4.62

FIP
4.84
4.55

K/9
5.96
5.89

BB/9
4.06
3.55

HR/9
1.09
1.03

Opponent's Average
0.284
0.273

Line Drive%
21.40%
19.00%

Ground Ball%
44.00%
44.10%

Fly Ball%
34.60%
36.90%

Infield Fly Ball%
7.60%
8.90%

Strikes
14,918
12,647

Balls
9,457
7,784

Strike%
61.20%
61.90%

Fastball%
62.60%
59.50%

Slider%
18.70%
14.20%

Curveball%
6.90%
11.20%

Change%
10.80%
13.00%

O-Swing%
24.40%
25.90%

Swing%
45.80%
45.80%

Contact%
81.80%
81.30%

Zone%
49.80%
48.40%

First Strike%
55.80%
57.10%
 
Starting at the top, we see that the team ERA has dropped pretty significantly this year. While much...

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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.

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