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Doc Halladay Has Surgery

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“Doc Halladay has surgery,” Hunter said. “He was a doctor today. You have got to give it to him. He had surgery on all of us.

That’s not a pretty quote…but here are some pretty pictures of what Halladay did to the Angels in a stunning 133-pitch performance en route to a career-high 14 strikeouts. First, the pitches he threw (incidentally, he baffled the automatic pitch algorithm all night, so if you were watching on gameday it told you he threw nothing but sinking fastballs). 2 Changeups, 33 curves, 40 sinkers and 58 cutters:


Is it just me, or does it look like Halladay is throwing two different kinds of cutters again? He only threw his changeup twice all night, but didn’t need it against lefties, as his two seamer was in control. All 6 of his swinging strikeouts came against his curve, and most of his strikes looking came on his cut fastball:


Now here’s his pitch location (looking from behind the plate):

“We’re doing different things now, kind of throwing everything to both sides which at times will give you a lot more takes and swings and misses.”

HalllocInteresting that he gets away with a lot of high cutters over the middle of the plate (although that starts at a right-handed batter’s neck). Here’s the same graph with all his strikes labelled:


Notice he seems to get better calls on his cutter, including one almost 4 inches off the plate. Some of that is likely due to the bending around the plate effect (or at least the umpire’s exaggeration of it) effect discussed in this article by Josh Kalk over at the Hardball Times. I’m trying to think of a way to show how much effect that should have…

The only blemish on Halladay’s evening was the 7th, when the Angels scored all their runs as the result of a couple of very hittable 0-2 pitches, a walk, and a couple of sac flies.  It was just a blip for Halladay, but you can see it in his velocity, which was down on both his fastball and cutter to start that inning:


Maybe the Jays left Halladay sitting on the bench too long by hitting all those singles and scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th, because he came out cold. Otherwise, Halladay did not tail off at all towards the end of the game at all (as almost all pitchers typically do) – his 130th pitch was a 94.7 mph sinker.


Written by halejon

June 3, 2009 at 5:48 am

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  1. “his 130th pitch was a 94.7 mph sinker.”

    How crazy is that?


    June 3, 2009 at 9:43 am

  2. […] is talking about it: the believer and hunter, ghosts and drunks, Boo Radley and Stieb… go […]

  3. […] at his performance in his win over the Angels on Tuesday night, which Torii Hunter described as Doc performing "surgery." Despite giving up four runs in the top of the seventh, Halladay was a workhorse, striking out 14 […]

  4. […] Doc's the best pitcher in baseball.UPDATE: Check out Pitch F/X goodness from Doc's start over at The Mockingbird. Halladay's 130th pitch of the evening hit 94.7 mph on the radar gun …UPDATE #2: Brian Wolfe's on […]

  5. I’m curious to know how Casey Janssen has fared since his return. I’ve tried looking at the pitch f/x data, but I don’t know what I’m doing. Can you make any pretty graphs explaining his woes?


    June 4, 2009 at 12:04 pm

  6. Everything was up, and what pitches he did get down were in the middle of the plate.


    June 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm

  7. I think that pretty much sums it up…I’ll take a look before his next start, but from what I saw it was just one high-middle breaking pitch after the other.


    June 5, 2009 at 11:56 pm

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