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NLDS: Game 1- Kershaw VS. Scherzer

NLDS: Game 1- Kershaw VS. Scherzer

  • Report generated Friday, October 7, 2016
  • Clayton Edward Kershaw
  • Born: 3/19/1988 in Dallas, TX
  • Draft: 2006, Los Angeles Dodgers, 1st rd. (7th overall)
  • High School: Highland Park, Dallas, TX
  • Debut: May 25, 2008

YearWLERAGGSSVIPSOWHIP
Postseason Career Stats 2 6 4.59 13 10 0 64.2 77 1.16
2016 Stats 12 4 1.69 21 21 0 149.0 172 0.72
MLB Career Stats 126 60 2.37 265 263 0 1760.0 1918 1.01

Pitch Summary
  • Threw fastballs 92-94mph (50% of all pitches)
  • Slider 86-89 (33%)
  • Curveball 71-75 (15%)
  • 2060 total pitches (62% in the strike zone)
  • Threw 158 of 231 first pitches for strikes (68%)
Last Game
  • LAST GAME ON 10/01/16@SFN
  • Fastball 92-93mph (44 pitches, 54% of total) 
  • Slider 88-90 (22 pitches, 27% of total)
  • Curveball 72-74 (13 pitches, 16% of total))
  • Threw 82 total pitches (65% in the strike zone)
Last Game Summary
  • 1 walk 6 hits- 4 off FB 2 off slider. 4 strikeouts (2 swinging). Threw 20 first-pitches in the strike-zone of 28 total (71%). Faced 9 LHH 19 RHH.
Strengths
  • Great control of fastballs. 
  • Kept first-pitch down 43% of the time (25% was average)
  • -- and when he did batters performed just average hitting 11% (9% is average).
Weaknesses
  • Poor command of curve balls. 
  • Threw first-pitch up often 43% of the time (28% was average)
Patterns
  • Rarely attempted consecutive pickoff moves (0% vs 10% average in 10 attempted). 
  • 2-0 threw fastballs to lefties 99% (74% is average).
  • 2-1 threw sliders to lefties 39% (12% is average).
  • 2-2 threw sliders to righties 55% (20% is average).
  • 3-2 threw sliders to righties 60% (16% is average). 
  • Consider stealing on 0-2 - he threw 25% of 12 pitches in potential SB opportunities in the dirt.
Windup/Stretch
  • From the stretch, threw strikes 8% less frequently (57% vs 64%). From the stretch, fastballs release point came down 2.70". From the stretch, located curves 17" more to the catchers left. From the stretch, threw sliders 26% more frequently (39% vs 31% of all pitches). From the stretch, slider release point came down 2.60".
Insights
  • CB was his most effective pitch - batters hit just 1 when put into play compared to 1 off his least effective pitch - FB. Threw first-pitch strikes often (68.40%). Rarely attempted pickoffs. 
  • 0 He did not vary his fastballs velocity much, usually by only 1.60 mph. FB is flat. Threw a rising FB. 
  • Deceptive fastballs had 18% of swings miss (10% is average). Got good spin on fastballs (12% above MLB average). Kept curves low to RHH. Kept curves low to LHH. His curves were one of the slowest of all pitchers at 73. Long sweeping curves break length. He threw a hard slider that averaged 87.80. Slurvy slider. Short slider break length.

  • Maxwell M. Scherzer
  • Pronunciation: SHER-zer
  • Born: 7/27/1984 in St. Louis, MO
  • Draft: 2006, Arizona Diamondbacks, 1st rd. (11th overall)
  • College: Missouri
  • Debut: April 29, 2008

YearWLERAGGSSVIPSOWHIP
Postseason Career Stats 4 3 3.73 12 10 0 62.2 80 1.13
2016 Stats 20 7 2.96 34 34 0 228.1 284 0.97
MLB Career Stats 125 69 3.39 274 265 0 1696.1 1881 1.14

Pitch Summary
  • Threw fastballs 93-96mph (55% of all pitches) 
  • Cutter 88-90 (1%)
  • Slider 85-88 (22%)
  • Changeup 84-87 (12%)
  • Curveball 76-80 (8%)
  • 3382 total pitches (61% in the strike zone)
  • Threw 18 of 29 first pitches for strikes (62%)
Last Game
  • Slider 84-86 (30 pitches, 33% of total)
  • Changeup 83-85 (12 pitches, 13% of total))
  • Curveball 76-77 (6 pitches, 7% of total)
  • Threw 92 total pitches (58% in the strike zone)
Last Game Summary
  • 1 walk 9 hits- 6 off FB 1 off CB 1 off change 1 off slider. 7 strikeouts (5 swinging). Threw 19 first-pitches in the strike-zone of 26 total (73%). Faced 15 LHH 11 RHH. Umpire called 1 strikes incorrectly as balls
Strengths
  • Great control of fastballs. 
  • Deceptive slider had 47% of swings miss (28% is avg). 
  • Changeup release points were deceptive. Changeups had a big tailing action. 
  • Deceptive cutter causes 45% of swings to miss (17% is average). 
  • Kept first-pitch down 46% of the time (25% was average)
  • -- and when he did batters performed just average hitting 7% (9% is average).
Weaknesses
  • Poor control of cutter. 
  • Threw first-pitch up often 38% of the time (28% was average)
Patterns
  • 3-0 ALWAYS threw fastballs to lefties 99% (86% is average).
  • Consider stealing on 0-2 - he threw 22% of 57 pitches in potential SB opportunities in the dirt.
Windup/Stretch
  • From the stretch, located curves 29" more to the catchers left.
Insights
  • CB was his most effective pitch - batters hit just 1 when put into play compared to 1 off his least effective pitch - CH. Rarely attempted pickoffs. 
  • 0 His fastballs were one of the fastest of all pitchers at 94.30. 
  • Deceptive fastballs had 20% of swings miss (10% is average). Threw curves inside to RHH. Kept curves low to RHH. He threw a hard slider that averaged 86.20. Got little spin on sliders (36% below MLB average). Threw changeups inside to RHH. Kept changeup low to RHH. Kept cutter low to RHH. 
  • Got little spin on cutters (32% below MLB average).

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