Pace of Pirates pitchers

“Work fast, throw strikes, change speeds” – Ray Miller

This was the philosophy of former Pirates pitching coach Ray Miller. Does it cause pitchers to perform better? Well, we may be close to finding out. FanGraphs is now tracking each pitcher’s average time between pitches. The table below shows each player who started a game on the mound for the Pirates in 2010. I also included each pitcher’s innings pitched, Earned Run Average (ERA), Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) and Expected Fielding Independent Pitching (xFIP). League average is 21.5 seconds between pitches. Daisuke Matsuzaka worked the slowest at 25.9 seconds, while Mark Buehrle was the quickest at 16.4 seconds.

Jeff Karstens 107.1 4.78 4.78 4.41 19.9
Zach Duke 159.0 5.72 4.95 4.48 20.1
James McDonald 64.0 3.52 2.91 4.03 20.4
Paul Maholm 185.1 5.1 4.18 4.56 21.1
Daniel McCutchen 43.0 6.49 6.85 5.9 21.1
Chris Jakubauskas 0.2 27 3.08 5.13 21.4
Ross Ohlendorf 108.1 4.07 4.44 4.96 21.7
Dana Eveland 5.0 5.4 4.88 6.79 22.0
Charlie Morton 79.2 7.57 5.29 4.26 22.5
Brian Burres 68.2 4.46 4.58 5.29 22.8
Brad Lincoln 50.2 6.57 5.68 5.53 NO DATA

David Allen also posted some interesting observations on the data.

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Matt Bandi

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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  • Bill

    This confirms my observations on Kip Wells and more recently Kevin Hart. Man do those guys work slow. I was kind of surprised that Ian Snell fell in the normal range, though.

    • Matt Bandi

      Yeah, I was surprised about Snell too. He was one of the first guys I checked.

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