**The First Pitch Factor**.

**Darrell Rasner**is the type of pitcher that relies heavily on throwing strikes and forcing batters to hit the ball on the ground. But, when he is not throwing first pitch strikes on a regular basis, it is easy to see that he will run into trouble. That is exactly what happened in his most recent outing versus Scranton-Wilkes Barre. Out of the 20 batters he faced, only 9 of them saw first pitch strikes. Out of the 9 batters that did see first pitch strikes, 7 of them were retired, 5 by way of either groundout or strikeout. At the other end of the spectrum, 6 of the 11 batters that Rasner fell behind on reached base safely later in the at-bat. Not to mention, because he constantly fell behind, Darrell threw 70 pitches through only the first two innings, and ended up with 98 pitches before exiting after the fourth inning.

**Swing And Miss Percentage**. Checking in at 17%, Rasner's tendency, or lack there of, to make hitters swing and miss was slightly off target in this particular outing. While the right-hander is a contact pitcher that normally relies on his defense, he is simply not missing enough bats at this point. At that rate, Darrell figures to strikeout 4-5 batters per nine innings.

**Pitch Breakdown**. On a night that, in so many words, wasn't his night, what did Darrell Rasner use most frequently, and what did he use the most successfully? Considering how much Rasner depends on his good sinking fastball, the fact that he uses it 66% of the time comes as little surprise. It also shows us that when he does not have good sink on his fastball, it will likely be a rough outing. Rasner also threw 19% breaking balls, and 15% changeups.

One very impressive number from a rather unimpressive outing was 73%. That was the rate at which Rasner threw his breaking balls for strikes against the Red Barons. The same can also be said for his changeup, which he put over the plate 64% of the time. Of course, the concern for Rasner has never been throwing strikes, but instead his command within the strike zone.

**Situational Pitching**. A pitcher with excellent control usually feels quite comfortable throwing all of his pitches in just about any situation. That certainly seems to be the case for this former Nationals' farmhand. Early on in the ballgame, Rasner tends to throw one first pitch fastball after another, which sometimes gets him in trouble in the early innings if his fastball doesn't have it's normal movement. But, once he gets through the lineup once, he begins to throw his off speed pitches early in the count. Plus, he tends to use his breaking ball to put hitters away and uses his changeup to set hitters up for his sometimes sneaky fastball.

**Velocity Range**. More often than not, pitchers sit in a velocity range that they are comfortable and most successful with, while able to also repeat their mechanics time and time again. For Darrell Rasner, on this particular night, his fastball ranged between 87-91 MPH, topping out at 92 MPH on a handful of occasions. As far as his curveball is concerned, it sat between 72-75 MPH. Lastly, his changeup sat between 82-84 MPH.

**Totals**. 98 pitches, 70% strikes

__1st Inning__86 - Fastball, Foul

87 - Fastball, Foul

88 - Fastball, Ball

85 - Fastball, Foul

87 - Fastball, Foul

__74 - Curveball, 1b__

89 - Fastball, Ball

88 - Fastball, Ball

74 - Curveball, Take

87 - Fastball, Swing Miss

__75 - Curveball, 6-3__

89 - Fastball, Ball

__89 - Fastball, HR__

86 - Fastball, Ball

86 - Fastball, Ball

88 - Fastball, Take

73 - Curveball, Swing And Miss

89 - Fastball, Foul

90 - Fastball, Foul

91 - Fastball, Foul

82 - Changeup, Foul

84 - Changeup, Ball

73 - Curveball, Foul

__75 - Curveball, 1b__

89 - Fastball, Take

90 - Fastball, Swing And Miss

__89 - Fastball, F-4__

88 - Fastball, Ball

74 - Curveball, Ball

72 - Curveball, Ball

88 - Fastball, Take

89 - Fastball, Take

88 - Fastball, Foul

__87 - Fastball, 2b__

89 - Fastball, Ball

91 - Fastball, Take

82 - Changeup, Foul

92 - Fastball, Ball

89 - Fastball, Foul

92 - Fastball, Swinging Strikeout

__2nd Inning__83 - Changeup, Take

83 - Changeup, Ball

88 - Fastball, Foul

74 - Curveball, Foul

__87 - Fastball, 4-3__

90 - Fastball, Ball

89 - Fastball, Ball

89 - Fastball, Take

87 - Fastball, Ball

88 - Fastball, Take

88 - Fastball, Foul

85 - Fastball, Foul

87 - Fastball, Foul

__83 - Changeup, F-8__

82 - Changeup, Ball

87 - Fastball, Foul

86 - Fastball, Take

89 - Fastball, Foul

__89 - Fastball, 1b__

88 - Fastball, Ball

88 - Fastball, Take

87 - Fastball, Take

90 - Fastball, Ball

__82 - Changeup, 1b__

75 - Curveball, Ball

86 - Fastball, Take

88 - Fastball, Ball

74 - Curveball, Ball

74 - Curveball, Take

90 - Fastball, Foul

__91 - Fastball, F-9__

__3rd Inning__86 - Fastball, Take

87 - Fastball, Ball

__82 - Changeup, 5-3__

83 - Changeup, Take

83 - Changeup, Take

__87 - Fastball, 4-3__

91 - Fastball, Ball

91 - Fastball, Ball

74 - Curveball, Take

83 - Changeup, Ball

74 - Curveball, Walk

81 - Changeup, Take

87 - Fastball, Ball

__87 - Fastball, 1b__

74 - Curveball, Take

87 - Fastball, Take

74 - Curveball, Swinging Strikeout

__4th Inning__86 - Fastball, Foul

73 - Curveball, Take

90 - Fastball, Ball

__71 - Curveball, F-7__

74 - Curveball, Swing And Miss

83 - Changeup, Swing And Miss

91 - Fastball, Foul

89 - Fastball, Foul

84 - Changeup, Swinging Strikeout

89 - Fastball, Ball

__90 - Fastball, F-3__