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.
Living Dangerously
- 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 ...

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