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Maeda vs. Lester NLCS Game 1

Maeda vs. Lester NLCS Game 1

Report generated Friday, October 14, 2016

KENTA MAEDA

Pitch Summary
  • Threw fastballs 88-91mph (42% of all pitches)
  • Slider 80-83 (29%)
  • Curveball 71-74 (17%)
  • Changeup 81-84 (9%)
  • 2984 total pitches (54% in the strike zone)
  • Threw 178 of 278 first pitches for strikes (64%)
Last Game
  • LAST GAME ON 10/10/16@LAN
  • Fastball 89-92mph (26 pitches, 41% of total)
  • Slider 81-83 (25 pitches, 40% of total)
  • Changeup 83-84 (9 pitches, 14% of total))
  • Curveball 72-73 (3 pitches, 5% of total)
  • Threw 63 total pitches (52% in the strike zone)
Last Game Summary
  • 2 walks 5 hits- 3 off FB 1 off change 1 off slider. 4 strikeouts (4 swinging) (all swinging). Threw 13 first-pitches in the strike-zone of 17 total (76%). Faced 8 LHH 9 RHH.
Strengths
  • Plus control of fastballs.
  • Plus control of slider.
  • Changeups had a very deceptive release point - almost identical to the fastball.
  • Kept first-pitch down 53% of the time (25% was average)
  • -- and when he did batters performed just average hitting 7% (9% is average).
Weaknesses
  • Below average control of changeup.
  • Poor control of 4-seams.
Patterns
  • Threw first-pitch curveballs much more often than most pitchers at 32%.
  • Rarely attempted consecutive pickoff moves (0% vs 10% average in 19 attempted).
  • 2-0 did not throw fastballs to righties often - 36% (72% is average).
  • 2-0 did not throw fastballs to lefties often - 36% (74% is average).
  • 2-0 threw sliders to righties 55% (9% is average).
  • 2-0 threw sliders to lefties 34% (8% is average).
  • 2-0 threw curves to lefties 21% (3% is average).
  • 3-1 threw sliders to righties 54% (5% is average). 3-1 threw curves to lefties 31% (1% is average).
  • Consider stealing on 0-1 - he threw 21% of 78 pitches in potential SB opportunities in the dirt.
Windup/Stretch
  • From the stretch, located curves 26" more to the catchers left.
Insights
  • SL 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.
  • Deceptive fastballs had 17% of swings miss (10% is average). Threw curves outside to RHH. His curves were one of the slowest of all pitchers at 72.40. Long sweeping curves break length. His 4-seams were one of the slowest of all pitchers at 89.70.

JON LESTER

Pitch Summary
  • Threw fastballs 91-93mph (52% of all pitches)
  • Cutter 87-90 (16%)
  • Sinker 89-92 (13%)
  • Curveball 73-77 (12%)
  • Changeup 84-86 (4%)
  • 3250 total pitches (56% in the strike zone)
Last Game
  • LAST GAME ON 10/07/16@CHN
  • Fastball 91-93mph (45 pitches, 52% of total)
  • Cutter 87.64-89 (11 pitches, 13% of total)
  • Sinker 88.83-92 (21 pitches, 24% of total)
  • Curveball 72-76 (7 pitches, 8% of total)
  • Changeup 84-86 (2 pitches, 2% of total))
  • Threw 86 total pitches (63% in the strike zone)
Last Game Summary
  • walks 5 hits- 3 off FB 1 off cutter 1 off sinker. 5 strikeouts (3 swinging). Threw 18 first-pitches in the strike-zone of 27 total (66%). Faced 9 LHH 18 RHH. Umpire called 2 strikes incorrectly as balls
Strengths
  • Deceptive curve had 52% of swings miss (26% is average).
  • Changeup release points were deceptive. Changeups had a big fading action.
  • Plus control of changeup. Deceptive changeup had 42% of swings miss (27% is average).
  • Deceptive sinkers had 13% of swings miss (10% is average).
  • Kept first-pitch down 54% of the time (25% was average)
  • Rarely made mistakes with his curve - 35 of 408 thrown (9% ; 16% is average)-- and when he did batters did-- and when he did batters performed just average hitting 8% (9% is average).
Weaknesses
  • Poor command of curve balls.
Patterns
  • Liked to mix in cutters often - 16%. Threw first-pitch sinker more often than most pitchers at 15%.
  • Consider stealing on 1-2 - he threw 14% of 50 pitches in potential SB opportunities in the dirt.
Windup/Stretch
  • From the stretch, located curves 19" more to the catchers left. From the stretch, located changeups 5" down.
Insights
  • CB was his most effective pitch - batters hit just 1 when put into play compared to 1 off his least effective pitch - CH.
  • 0 Threw fastballs outside to LHH. Threw fastballs low to LHH.
  • Deceptive fastballs had 15% of swings miss (10% is average). Threw curves inside to RHH. Kept curves low to RHH. Kept curves low to LHH. Had 1-7 curve break angle (11 deg). Kept changeup low to RHH. Kept changeups low to LHH.
  • Average control of sinkers.
  • Average control of cutter. Got little spin on cutters (23% below MLB average).

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