SP Streamer's 50 Pitching Facts
1) Frankie Montas was suspended after his start on June 20th. Before that he was 9th in ERA (2.70) 4th in FIP (2.91) and 10th in xFIP (3.42). He was also 15th in K-BB% (20.5) and 11th in SIERA (3.72)
2) There were only four pitchers all year who were top 10 in ERA, FIP, and xFIP; while also being top 15 in K-BB% and SIERA. They were deGrom, Verlander, Cole, and Scherzer. Although they did sustain it all year and Montas didn’t have the chance to, it’s something to think about.
3) Zack Wheeler’s 1st half ERA the past two years combined is 4.58. His 2nd half ERA the past two years combined is 2.26.
4) Speaking of Zack Wheeler. He and Walker Buehler both had a barrel% of 0.0 with their fastballs since August 1st. Wheeler threw it 317 times and Buehler 450.
5) Zac Gallen pitched from June 20th - September 15th. In that period he had an ERA of 2.81 (13th) which was better than Soroka, Greinke, Hendricks, Strasburg, Kershaw and Buehler. It came with a FIP of 3.62 which was also better than Soroka, Hendricks, and Kershaw.
6) In that time period, Gallen’s fastball had a 5.3 barrel %. That ranked first.
7) Let’s move onto another Arizona pitcher - Luke Weaver got hurt and shut down after his May 26th start. In the time period, he played he had a 3.03 ERA, 3.11 FIP, 3.87 xFIP, and 3.84 SIERA. He was 1 of 18 players to have all 4 numbers under 4.00 in that time period.
8) Luke Weaver’s best pitch was his changeup. It had a pVAL of 6.3, which was 5th best in the league.
9) Adrian Houser’s fastballs in the second half: Four Seamer: 2nd in xwOBA and 6th in K%. Two-seamer: 3rd in xwOBA and 9th in K%.
10) Gerrit Cole leads the league in SwStr%, Zone Swing & Miss%, Out of Zone Swing & Miss%, and Whiff%. Can he just stay in Houston, please?
11) In the second half of the season here are the K/9 leaders with at least 12 starts: Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, Yu Darvish, and……..Dinelson Lamet.
12) Speaking of Lamet, to go with that insane K/9 he also posted a 3.97 ERA, 3.85 FIP, and 3.36 xFIP. His BABIP and xwOBA show he was getting a little unlucky.
13) Yu Darvish in the first half of the season had 49 walks in 97 innings. In the second half, he had 7 walks in 81.2 innings. He went from a 4.55 BB/9 to a 0.77 BB/9.
14) Merrill Kelly’s stats when his fastball velocity is 93mph or higher (5 starts): 1.74 ERA, 3.35 FIP, 16.0 K-BB%, and an 11.1 SwStr%. Keep an eye on that velocity come spring training.
15) Mitch Keller had a 24.1 K-BB% in his first major league stint. That ranked 14th among starters in the last 3 months.
16) Dakota Hudson had the highest ERA-FIP differential at -1.58 (3.35 ERA, 4.93 FIP). He had the highest GB% at 56.9. Enough to beat the peripherals?
17) Mike Fiers had the second-highest ERA-FIP differential at -1.07 (3.90 ERA, 4.97 FIP). He only had a GB% of 38.8.
18) Eric Lauer at home in 2019: 3.08 ERA, 3.94 FIP, 0.9 HR/9.
19) Eric Lauer on the road in 2019: 6.27 ERA, 4.68 FIP, 1.6 HR/9.
20) Kyle Freeland in 2018: 0.76 HR/9, 2.85 ERA, 3.67 FIP, 4.22 xFIP. Freeland in 2019: 2.22 HR/9, 6.84 ERA, 6.05 FIP, and 5.00 xFIP.
21) German Marquez in 2018: 1.10 HR/9, 3.77 ERA, 3.40 FIP, 3.10 xFIP. Marquez in 2019: 1.50 HR/9, 4.76 ERA, 4.07 FIP, 3.55 xFIP.
22) Coors always wins.
23) In the second half of the season, Kenta Maeda had the 8th highest SwStr% (15.4). Higher than Clevinger, Flaherty, and Darvish.
24) Max Fried’s last two months of baseball: 10.32 K/9 (17th) 0.95 HR/9 (17th) 22.4 K-BB% (10th) 3.65 ERA (26th) 3.09 FIP (9th) 2.91 xFIP (5th) 3.39 SIERA (7th).
25) Shohei Ohtani’s ten starts in 2018 had a line of 10.97 K/9, 3.31 ERA, 3.57 FIP, 3.53 xFIP, 19.4 K-BB%, and a 15.2 SwStr%.
26) That’s as good as Luis Castillo and Lucas Giolito. Ohtani will be pitching in 2020.
27) Sandy Alcantara increased his sinker usage in August and September. In those months he had a 2.78 ERA with a 3.74 FIP. He also hit the edge of the zone 43.5% of the time while the league average is 39%. While there are some red flags Alcantara is an interesting pitcher going into next year.
28) In the last 3 months of baseball Ryan Yarbrough had a .262 xwOBA. That ranked 8th overall. He also ranked 4th in xwOBAcon.
29) Yarbrough also had the 2nd lowest exit velocity at 79.0.
30) Kolby Allard produced a 2.6 Barrel% in 2019. That ranked 1st among starting pitchers from when he was called up.
31) Mike Clevinger was top 5 in FIP, xFIP, K-BB%, and K% in 2019.
32) Blake Snell had the highest SwStr% (17.8) in 2019 (min 20 starts).
33) Patrick Corbin's slider had the highest SwStr% of any pitch in the league.
34) Jack Flaherty had one of the luckiest pitches in the second half (fastball).
35) Its wOBA was .218 vs an xwOBA of .267.
36) Lucas Giolito saw an increase in velocity (1.5 ticks up) in 2019.
37) He put up an astounding 11.62 K/9 and 15.0 SwStr%.
38) Sonny Gray who has a four-pitch repertoire bounced back in 2019 posting a 3.42 FIP, 3.65 xFIP, and 3.97 SIERA.
39) Kyle Hendricks has never had an ERA over 4.
40) Caleb Smith's first-half ERA: 3.50.
41) Caleb Smith's second-half ERA: 5.42
42) Jon Gray's splits in 2019: 3.46 ERA at home - 4.22 ERA on the road.
43) In the second half, Masahiro Tanaka held the worst pVAL for a fastball at -13.7.
44) The worst slider went to Mike Minor at -9.9.
45) Matthew Boyd in the second half was top 20 in SwStr% and O-Swing%. If only he could just bring down those home runs.
46) Of qualifying pitchers, the best HR/9 went to Charlie Morton at 0.69 (nice).
47) Morton was also 4th best in the HR/FB category.