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This is a brand new daily article coming to you from SP Streamer. Every single day, right here, we will be discussing everything you should know from the day prior. Things like velocity changes, exit velocity increases, closer situations, pitch mix changes, and much more. It will be everything you need to know to be caught up from the night before. If you are trying to stay ahead of the curve this is the place to be.

The best part about this article is that it will be different every day.  The bulk of the article will be shifting towards whatever is most significant. If you ever have any suggestions to improve this article please feel free! And…here…we…go.

A Hendricks Resurgence?

I had the liberty of watching this game as Hendricks faced off against the Milwaukee Brewers. He finished the start by pitching 5.1 innings and allowing one earned run while accumulating seven strikeouts. His changeup looked way better than last season as it had a lot of horizontal movement to it whereas last season it was a bit flatter. The pitch had a 45 CSW% for the day and induced 13 whiffs.

Hendricks certainly looked good but he did get into trouble often and finished with a 1.50 WHIP. Is he fully back? Not yet but this seems to be a step in the right direction. Also to note, his changeup usage in this start sat at 40% whereas last season he threw it 27.8% of the time. Potential pitch mix change? We will need more of a sample to see.

Your Max EV Leader

Last night Matt Olson hit a baseball 113.0 MPH. This was near his high last season of 115.3 MPH and the third-highest of his career. The funny thing is, it was a ground out. At least we know he still has that power though!

Velocity Trouble

Shane Bieber’s fastball averaged just 90.6 MPH which is 2.2 MPH lower compared to last season. He pitched okay and perhaps the cold weather had something to do with it. It is definitely something to monitor since he is coming off a shoulder injury.

With 47 pitches we also saw Triston McKenzie have a dip in his velocity by almost half of a tick. It isn’t much but McKenzie pitches much better when his velocity averaged 93 MPH and last night he sat at 91.7 MPH. Again, cold weather perhaps?

Picking Up Where He Left Off

Tyler O’Neill hit a three-run shot off of JT Brubaker and finished the night going two for three with five RBI. Maybe some of us put a little too much emphasis on strikeouts?

Austin Riley enjoyed a pleasant breakout season in 2021 and is already continuing his campaign as he went three for four last night with a home run.

Pumping Heat

Tylor Megill came in as the opening day starter for the New York Mets and was throwing absolute gas. He topped out at 99.1 MPH and averaged 96.1 MPH overall. Last season he topped out at 97.4 MPH and averaged 94.7 MPH. That’s a big difference and this is what we needed from Megill. He has two stellar breaking balls in his changeup and slider, he just needed to take the next step with his fastball and here it is.

Max Fried lit Twitter on fire when his fastball topped out at a career-high 98 MPH. Overall his fastball velocity was up 1.3 MPH sitting at a healthy 95.3 MPH. Unfortunately, results didn’t follow as he fell apart in the third and sixth innings letting up a total of five runs.

Shohei Ohtani was on fire in his season debut pitching 4.2 innings with nine strikeouts. He induced 14 whiffs which attributed to his impressive 41 CSW%. He too saw a velocity increase jumping from 95.6 MPH last season to now 97.8 MPH.

Madison Bumgarner only lasted three innings due to control issues but his fastball velocity was a pleasant surprise. Up nearly two MPH from last season, we could see a Madison Bumgarner resurgence.

MLB Debut

Robert Suarez came over to the U.S. and signed with the San Diego Padres causing most analysts to think he could notch the closer role. He came into the game in the ninth inning with the game tied but walked to hitters and hit another which all eventually lead to a Seth Beer home run off of pitcher Craig Stammen. Now we know why they went after Taylor Rogers.

And The Closer Is…

Tony Santillan worked a clean inning in the ninth to notch his first save. Just as we expected (kidding, give us Art Warren!). Luis Cessa was used in the sixth inning making it seem like he was never really in the running.

Ryan Pressly worked a clean inning to grab his first save of the season. Something to note is Pressly’s velocity is way down, down 3.5 MPH to be exact. Hector Neris could be a good stash just in case.

The Chicago Cubs bullpen was a mystery all of spring training and I still don’t think we have much clarity. Rowan Wick came in and struggled mightily giving up one run in 0.2 innings pitched. They did use him against the heart of the lineup in a high leverage situation though. Givens was called in to rescue Wick and was able to do so. But it was David Robertson who got the call in the ninth inning to notch the save. This could be a carrousel but as of right now I would be leaning towards Robertson and Givens.

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Michael Simione

Michael Simione

Michael Simione is the owner of SPStreamer.com. He started the blog based on a Twitter account he created back in 2018. He specializes in pitching as well as streaming pitchers. He most importantly is a die-hard Mets fan.

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