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Exit Velocity Readings

Our top exit velocity hitters from yesterday in order: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Aaron Judge, Joey Gallo, Luis Robert, and Eloy Jimenez. I think this is the first time Giancarlo Stanton was not in the top five. Probably because he sat and only had one plate appearance from a pinch-hit.

Maikel Franco continues to smash the ball as he had three hard hits yesterday over 96 MPH. Ride the hot hand until it cools off.

Spencer Torkelson hit the first home run of his career yesterday against the Red Sox. He had three hard-hit balls overall and perhaps this can get the young rookie going.

Rafael Devers continues to smack the ball as he now has a .947 OPS on the season after hitting three hard-hit balls yesterday.

Vladimir Guerrero is a big bad man. Last night he went four for four with three home runs and four RBI. Killed it! He had three hard-hit balls all over 109 MPH! Wow.

Yesterday Rowdy Tellez went two for four with four hard-hit balls and two doubles. Tellez is off to a nice start and the Twitter community may have got this one right. He seems to be headed for a nice season.

Swing and Misses:

Corbin Burnes (20) – he’s back!

Clayton Kershaw (20)

Gerrit Cole (17)

Shane McClanahan (16)

Max Scherzer (16)

Velocity Matters

When it comes to starting pitchers fastball velocity matters a lot to some more than others. It could be for several reasons but typically because these pitchers flash a new level of talent when they are hitting a certain mark.

Triston McKenzie is one of them. For two seasons now Triston McKenzie has been a pitcher a lot of people are interested in due to the upside he has flashed in the past. The problem with McKenzie is his endurance and consistency. When his fastball sits over 93 MPH he puts up fantastic results, but when it is in the 92 MPH range he typically struggles. Yesterday his fastball sat at 93.7 MPH, just what you want to see. He finished with four innings pitched, didn’t allow a run, and had six strikeouts. Let’s hope the velocity sticks.

Another pitcher where velocity matters is Merrill Kelly. The same thing as McKenzie, when Kelly’s fastball is closer to 93 MPH he seems to pitch really well. He did sit at 92.9 MPH in his first start but it came down slightly to 92.5 MPH in his second start. It still worked though, he was able to pitch 5.1 scoreless innings against the Houston Astros. Kelly has yet to allow a run in two starts and has a two-start week coming up, keep an eye on that velocity.

When it comes to Robbie Ray velocity certainly matters when he is showing a decrease in velocity by over three MPH. He got shelled by the White Sox as he surrendered six runs in 6.1 innings. The weather has been cold in both of Ray’s starts so let’s see what happens moving forward.

Go Back To The Changeup!

Kyle Hendricks looked fantastic in his first outing of the season. He then decides to follow up that performance with an abysmal showing against the Pirates. Hendricks lasted just 3.2 innings while allowing six earned runs. What happened? In his first start, he threw his changeup more than any other pitch and it worked beautifully. In this start, he used it as his third most used pitch. In terms of usage rate, he used it 40% of the time in his first start as to just 21.8% of the time in his second start. Game planning? Sure. But let’s go back to that changeup more Hendricks.

Big Pete

Big Pete Alonso is starting to make noise in this young season after he struggled in his first couple of games. Yesterday against the Philadelphia Phillies Alonso had four hard-hit balls with three of them over 99 MPH. Overall on the season, Alonso is hitting .267 with two home runs and 10 RBI. His barrel rate is 27.3% and his HardHit% sits at 59.1%. Baseball metrics early into the season are fun! Expect Pete Alonso to have yet another great year and contribute in four categories for your fantasy baseball team.

A Change Of Scenery

A change of scenery can be a beautiful thing and maybe that’s what Austin Meadows needed. Through 21 plate appearances with the Tigers Meadows is off to a hot start hitting .471 with a .571 OBP. His plate discipline this far has been much better and he is making a lot more contact. The home runs should start showing up soon.

Hayes On Fire

Ke’Bryan Hayes has been on fire to start the season. All a small sample but in five games and 19 plate appearances Hayes is hitting .500 with a .526 OBP, 236 wRC+, .500 wOBA, and a 1.137 OPS. He is now on a four-game hit streak and in three of those games, he has logged at least two hits. Stay hot young one!

Saves Around The League

Tanner Rainey notched his second save with a clean inning against the Braves. He is definitely the closer in Washington.

Wil Crowe saw the first save of his career but there wasn’t anything behind it.

With Matt Barnes still getting his bearings down, Hansel Robles saw his first save opportunity of the season and took advantage of it.

Camilo Doval notched his first save of the season but he didn’t look great. He had no command with his fastball and he had the bases loaded before getting the final out.

Lou Trivino grabbed his first save of the season, there likely won’t be many opportunities for him throughout the year.

Jordan Romano and Josh Hader both notched another save for themselves as both have looked absolutely dominant so far this season.

Liam Hendriks grabbed his second save but did let up a run making this the second save in a row where he came into trouble. I think he figures it out.

A Near-Perfect Game

A big shout out to Clayton Kershaw who pitched seven perfect innings while accumulating 13 strikeouts. He was masterful in this start and looked extremely comfortable out on the mound. Overall he has 20 whiffs and a 41% CSW rate (called strikes plus whiffs). What a fantastic start.

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Michael Simione

Michael Simione

Michael Simione is the owner of 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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