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Kershaw: Opening Day Triumph- What makes him great!

Kershaw: Opening Day Triumph- What makes him great!

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2015 statistics show us the patterns and tendencies that seem to equal big wins!

Pitches

  • Threw fastballs 93-95mph (54% of all pitches), slider 86-90 (28%), curveball 72-75 (18%), changeup 86-90 (0%).
  • 3614 total pitches (59% in the strike zone). Threw 770 of 1167 first pitches for strikes (66%).

Insights

  • Threw first-pitch strikes often (65%).
  • His fastballs were on the faster side at 93.6.
  • He did not vary his fastballs velocity much, usually by only 1.8 mph.
  • FB is flat.
  • Threw a rising FB.
  • Deceptive fastballs had 20% of swings miss (10% is avg).
  • Had consistent curves angle at 1 deg.
  • Long sweeping curves break length.
  • He throws a hard SL that averages 88.1.
  • Threw changeups inside to LHH.
  • Threw changeups high to LHH.
  • His changeup was one of the fastest at 88.

Strengths

  • Plus control of fastballs.
  • Deceptive curve had 39% of swings miss (26% is avg).
  • Deceptive slider had 42% of swings miss (28% is avg).
  • Kept first-pitch down 41% of the time (25% was avg).

Weaknesses

  • Threw first-pitch up often 47% of the time (28% was avg).
  • Allowed line-drives often.

Patterns

  • hrew first-pitch fastballs often at 77%. 2-1 threw sliders to LHH 38% (12% is avg). 3-0 ALWAYS threw FB to RHH 100% (86% is avg). Rarely threw outside after inside 12% of the time (27% is avg). Rarely threw outside twice in a row 26% of the time (39% is avg). Consider stealing on 1-2 - he threw 19% of 61 pitches in potential SB opportunities in the dirt.

Data courtesy of ariball


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