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Exit Velocity Readings

In yesterday’s game, Giancarlo Stanton hit a bomb with an exit velocity of 116.3 MPH. It was the hardest hit of the day. It isn’t quite as high as his usual 122 MPH but still just as impressive.

We saw three Washington Nationals hitters on the leaderboard yesterday. Juan Soto, Nelson Cruz, and Josh Bell all hit a ball over 112 MPH. They will be a tough group for pitchers all season.

Jeff McNeil had himself a night going three for four with two runs while hitting three balls over 95 MPH.

Swings and Misses

Your swing and miss leaders from yesterday, in order, included Robbie Ray, Nathan Eovaldi, Frankie Montas, Shane McClanahan, and Logan Webb.

Pitchers

Let’s discuss pitchers really quick. We are seeing two things happening right now. 1) It seems like a lot of pitchers are on pitch counts. Expect this to be the norm for the next couple of weeks. 2) A lot of pitchers are getting hit. Both of these things are a result of the short ramp-up period due to the lockout. Unless a pitcher’s velocity is down two ticks don’t panic over poor performance.

Duran Duran

Jhoan Duran was extremely impressive in his debut. He topped out at 100.7 MPH last night and it was the hardest thrown pitch of the day. Overall he pitched two innings allowing no runs and striking out four hitters.

He certainly is someone to keep an eye on, especially monitor his usage.

Throwing Heat

Nathan Eovaldi had a tough first inning letting up a two-run shot to Anthony Rizzo. He would settle down quickly and accumulate seven strikeouts. Eovaldi’s fastball velocity sat at 98.2 MPH, almost two ticks above his norm.

We picked Merrill Kelly as our streamer of the day based on two factors. His velocity was up in spring training and the Diamondbacks’ new pitching coach. Well, yesterday Kelly had seven strikeouts in four innings where his velocity sat at 93 MPH. This is 1.5 ticks higher than last season and the harder Kelly throws, the better. The 36 CSW% and 12 whiffs make me think Kelly is a hold for now if you streamed him.

Blown Saves

Liam Hendriks no! Hendriks got the call in the ninth and it was a complete disaster. He gave up two runs in the ninth and took the loss. The good thing is his velocity was up from spring training and he should rebound.

After Jake McGee got the call to face the Marlins’ top hitters in the eight the Giants turned towards Camilo Doval. Doval would go on to surrender three runs blowing the save and the Giants win (they would end up winning in the tenth). McGee is the closer to own right now in San Francisco.

The New Philly Offense

Just like a fairytale, Kyle Schwarber in his first at-bat for the Phillies smashed a home run off of Frankie Montas. He finished the day going two for four with two RBI.

Nick Castellanos also made his Phillies debut and he went one for four with an RBI.

Overall the Phillies’ offense torched the Athletics’ pitching, putting up nine runs led by Rhys Hoskins who went two for three with two runs and two RBI. Please stay healthy Hoskins.

Getting Blown Up

Frankie Montas suffered through five innings as he allowed five earned runs and six hits overall. The good thing is Montas did what we had hoped for. He threw his splitter a ton. When Montas throws his splitter over 30% of the time he becomes an “Ace” and yesterday his usage sat at 34%. Better times ahead.

Jose Berrios lasted just .1 innings allowing four earned runs on three hits. The velocity was there though, he just seemed kind of…off. He should be okay moving forward and I wouldn’t stress too much over this.

Kenley Jansen had his first appearance for the Atlanta Braves and I am sure he hoped for better results. In one inning he surrendered three runs on three hits, let’s just hope this was first-game jitters.

Trouble Coming For Robbie Ray?

If you look at Robbie Ray’s line last night he looked just fine. He pitched seven innings allowing just one run with five strikeouts. There are two issues I see here. First, he walked four hitters. We all know the key to Ray’s success is all about limiting walks. The second is his fastball velocity. It was down 2.5 MPH, which is very significant. I’m not saying to panic just yet but I would definitely hope for a major turnaround in his next start.

Jeremy Peña Has Arrived

Jeremy Peña had himself quite the game yesterday. He went three for five with a home run and an RBI. He had four hits over 96 MPH and two over 100 MPH. Very impressive for the rookie.

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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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