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Exit Velocity Readings

Why are exit velocity readings important? It’s a proven fact that the harder a hitter hits the ball the better the outcome. Of course, there is a bit more to it than that, like launch angle, but overall it is an important metric to look at. Max exit velocity is also important to look at because it tends to show the power output a hitter can have. This is why we track both of these stats every day in this article.

Your top max exit velocity readings from yesterday, in order: Christian Yelich, Eric Hosmer, Mike Trout, Jason Heyward, and Jason Heyward. No this does not mean Jason Heyward is good again.

Salvador Perez was ripping the ball yesterday as he went two for four with a double and three hard-hit balls.

I was out on Ke’Bryan Hayes this season but he is looking mighty fine. Yesterday he went three for five with a double and three hard-hit balls. He is now hitting .333 on the season.

I really think Austin Meadows is going to thrive in Detroit as he continues to hit the ball hard, he had three hard-hit balls yesterday.

Josh Naylor had himself a game! Yesterday he went three for five with two runs a double, two home runs, and eight RBI. He hit a fantastic grand slam.

The young Wander Franco is just a beast this season, in yesterday’s game he went three for five with a double and is now hitting .322 on the season. Oh and he also had three hits over 97 MPH.

Odubel Herrera continues to hit and be a sneaky good add option. He went two for five yesterday with three hard-hit balls and is hitting .297 on the season.

Swings and Misses:

Why are swings and misses important? For pitchers, this can show their talent since the best pitchers in the world always have a knack for creating whiffs. The higher the whiff rate, the higher the strikeout rate. It’s also important to view this every day so we can spot outliers. If an unusual name pops up on the list it could mean one of two things, either they are evolving as a pitcher or they just had a lucky day. If it is the former this could help you catch emerging pitchers before anyone else does.

    1. Carlos Rodon – 23
    2. Nestor Cortes Jr. – 17
    3. Ranger Suarez – 15
    4. Noah Syndergaard – 15
    5. Kyle Hendricks – 14

And this is why you throw your changeup a ton Kyle Hendricks! I have been screaming for this ever since his first start. He finally does it against the Padres and look what happens! He pitched through 8.2 innings with seven strikeouts. Keep an eye on this moving forward because if he continues to use the changeup more he will become a must add.

Let’s Talk At The Wells

Tyler Wells had a fine start yesterday against the Kansas City Royals, he pitched six innings allowing just one earned run with three strikeouts and 11 whiffs. On the season he has a 3.75 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP, both very formidable. His ERA comes with a 3.91 FIP, 3.67 xERA, and 4.05 SIERA pointing toward this being legit. The best part about Wells is that he doesn’t walk anyone as he currently holds a 4.1% walk rate. His 17.3% strikeout rate should rise due to his 10.8 SwStr% and 26.0 CSW%, both of which have been even higher in his last three starts. He also still ranks high in Eno Sarris’ Stuff+ metric. With all of that said, I am interested and if I am in a 15-team league or in a 12-team league where my pitching it struggling I am picking him up.

Do We Worry About Woodruff?

After last night’s performance where Woodruff went 4.1 innings with five earned runs, I had a lot of people asking me if they should worry. Let’s check it out. On the surface, he has pitched just 28.2 innings in six starts with a 5.97 ERA and 1.36 WHIP. That ERA comes with a 3.55 ERA, 3.57 FIP, a 21.4 K-BB%, and a 3.01 SIERA. Let’s say that doesn’t sway you. His LOB% sits at 59.3% (75.6% career average) and his BABIP at .342 (.288 career average). In other words, he couldn’t be more unlucky right now. In his last three starts his BABIP is at .469. .469! That is insanely high. All the while in those three starts he has a 31.3 K-BB% and a 37.5 K%. Woodruff still looks like Woodruff.

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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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