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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. 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: Giancarlo Stanton, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Yordan Alvarez, and DJ LeMahieu.

Mr. Juan Soto went two for four yesterday with a home run off of Edwin Diaz and three hard-hit balls overall. Now if only someone could get on base for every time he hits a home run.

Yordan Alvarez was smashing the ball as always yesterday. He went two for five with a run and four hard-hit balls all over 95 MPH when finishing a suspended game. He then came back for a second game where he went three for five with two home runs and three RBI. Alvarez is a fantastic hitter.

In that same first game, Jose Altuve went two for five with two runs, a home run, three RBI, and three hard-hit balls as well.

Catcher Michael Perez went one for three with three hard-hit balls yesterday. Perez is hitting the ball hard this season with a 16.7 Barrel% but it is in just 14 plate appearances. Nothing to see here.

Freddie Freeman went one for five yesterday but had four hard-hit balls all of which were over 96 MPH.

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 essential 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. This could help you catch emerging pitchers before anyone else does if it is the former.

  1. Dylan Cease – 20
  2. Luis Gil – 17
  3. Luis Garcia – 16
  4. Steven Matz – 14
  5. Tyler Anderson – 14

I honestly can’t get over Steven Matz’s season so far. He has been extremely unlucky in most of his starts, especially the one against the Mets. But at the same time, he has suffered more blow-up starts than anyone this season. Then he comes out for a start where everything clicks like last night when he pitched 6.2 innings with seven strikeouts and 14 whiffs. I think is Matz can go on a run he can be super useful to fantasy teams.

Yankees vs White Sox

This was such a wild game. On one end you had Dylan Cease pitching where he let up six earned runs in just four innings. But in those four innings, he had 11 strikeouts and 20 whiffs. Wait, what? Yup, you heard me. Then on the other end, you had Luis Gil who pitched four innings while allowing four earned runs. He also had five strikeouts with 17 whiffs though making his start extremely weird as well. Basically, this game was all of nothing in terms of hitting and there were five home runs in total. I have to say, the Yankees are a scary offense when they are hitting well.

K-BB% Leaders

Let’s check in with our K-BB% leaders since it is the most important in-season pitching statistic.

  1. Shane McClanahan 31.6%
  2. Kevin Gausman 30.6%
  3. Carlos Rodon 30.4%
  4. Corbin Burnes 28.8%
  5. Max Scherzer 28.0%
  6. Dylan Cease 27.4%
  7. Clayton Kershaw 26.6%
  8. Joe Musgrove 25.2%
  9. Aaron Nola 25.2%
  10. Nestor Cortes 25.0%

This list is based on qualified pitchers and if we lowered the number of innings to 29.0 you would see Eric Lauer pop up with a K-BB% of 29.3%. If you look at the last three weeks, the K-BB% leaders are essentially the same except Gerrit Cole, Lucas Giolito, and Freddy Peralta pop into the mix. One interesting pitcher who just misses out of the top ten for the season and in the last three weeks is Luis Garcia. Garcia has a ton of movement on his pitches and should continue to pitch really well.

Barrels/PA%

Let’s check in with our Barrels per plate appearance percentage leaders (best power indicator).

  1. Giancarlo Stanton 17.2%
  2. Aaron Judge 17.1%
  3. Mike Trout 16.2%
  4. Rowdy Tellez 13.9%
  5. Yordan Alvarez 13.2%
  6. Christian Yelich 12.1%
  7. Christian Walker 11.6%
  8. Jazz Chisholm Jr. 11.4%
  9. Hunter Renfroe 11.1%
  10. Bryce Harper 10.9%

Wow it really is Rowdy Tellez breakout season. Tellez is hitting .245 with seven home runs, 27 RBI, and 16 runs. This comes with a 132 wRC+, .283 ISO, and a 50% hard-hit rate. Dude can hit the ball hard. How about Christian Yelich making an appearance! Yelich has five home runs on the season and his launch angle is back to where it was in his MVP season. The comeback is on. Last but not least what about Christian Walker? Walker has had some bad luck so far this season and his underlying metrics are showing he should have a power outburst soon. I would keep holding if you have him in a 12 or 15-team league.

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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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