Hey Halejon, I was wondering if you looked at any pitch F/X data for Troy P from last night?
His splitter looked very flat, and his fastball very straight. He had good velocity but it seemed like movement on his pitches was all but non existant.
The only thing I would add is that his changeup was also flat.
This doesn’t seem to be a rare thing this season. Although he usually gets more tail sideways on his pitches, there isn’t the same sort of violent drop on his splitter that most pitchers (see: Papelbon from a couple of days ago) have.
Of course a changeup will go up and then come back down and end in the same spot (which is what “movement” and not “break” measures) because it’s slower, but it’s not going to dive out of the strike zone. Most of the hits from last night came on the fastball, though. And here’s where they came from:
High fastballs! Belt-high changeup and splitter! May as well have gone straight to the showers. I’m guessing that Percival has gotten by (and not allowed a run to this point!) on excellent command so far (because he’s not blowing a 92-93 mph fastball by anyone), and he had none of it last night.