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Chad Kuhl’s Latest Start Shows That High Velocity Might Not Always Be a Good Thing

Chad Kuhl gave up six runs in four innings tonight. Photo Credit: David Hague
Chad Kuhl’s Latest Start Shows That High Velocity Might Not Always Be a Good Thing

PITTSBURGH — Chad Kuhl can probably throw 100. Clint Hurdle isn’t sure that’s a good thing.

Kuhl came tantalizingly close to hitting triple digits during his start against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, hitting 99.5 MPH with a two-seam fastball at one point.

On the season, Kuhl’s fastball had averaged 94.89 MPH coming into Tuesday’s start, and that played out about the same. His 26 four-seamers averaged 95.4 MPH and his 38 two-seamers checked in with a 94.4 MPH average.

But the variance was way up. His fastballs checked in as low as 90.6 and he had several over 98. Hurdle said that led to issues with pitch sequencing and separation between his pitches. The four-seamer wasn’t consistently faster than the two-seamer, which at times, was barely faster than his change-up.

“I ...

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