During his outing, Matt struck out 5 batters, walked 2 and allowed the one hit. Although his strikeout count wasn't high for six innings, what made his performance really impressive was the fact that all of his other outs were either popups or groundouts to the infielders. Other than the one single, no ball got out of the infield.
Of the groundouts, three were hit back to him. And he handled all three flawlessly.
His fastball velocity ranged from a high of 90 miles per hour to a low of 84 miles per hour. However, he mainly stayed in the 86 to 88 mph range after the 1st inning. He topped out at 90 twice and hit 89 four times, while hitting 84 twice and 85 three times.
While most pitchers lose significant velocity from the 1st to the 6th inning, Matt, who is 6-5 and 215 pounds, lost a couple of miles per hour from the 1st to the 2nd, but maintain his velocity of 86-88 from the 2nd to the 6th.
His other pitches consist of a hard slider and, I think, curveball, that ranged in the 79 to 81 mph range and the 75 to 77 mph range.
He threw approximately 85 pitches, 53 for strikes.
Something else that was interesting was the fact that his strikeouts came on pitches that were 79, 81, 76, 89 and 78 mph. Throughout the game, he kept the batters off-balance by changing his velocity from pitch to pitch.
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