Exit Velocity Readings
Why are exit velocity readings critical? It’s proven 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: George Springer, Austin Riley, David Peralta, Pete Alonso, and Austin Riley.
It’s Ian Happ season ya’ll! Yesterday he went two for three with two runs, a home run, four RBI, and three hard-hit balls. He is now hitting .286 on the season with a .836 OPS.
I think by the end of this season the Atlanta Braves will be missing Freddie Freeman. Last night he went three for five with two runs and two RBI, he is now hitting .310 on the season with a .878 OPS.
I’m still convinced that Jonathan Schoop will end up with a similar season to last year. Yesterday he went two for five with a home run and three hard-hit balls.
Carlos Correa continues to bring his batting average back up as he went one for four yesterday with three hard-hit balls. He is going to be just fine.
Nolan Arenado went three for four yesterday with a double and three hard-hit balls. I think we see another solid season from the vet.
There it is Bobby Witt! Yesterday Witt went two for five with one run, a home run, and four hard-hit balls. All of these were over 100 MPH which is pretty dang impressive.
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 to 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.
- Gerrit Cole – 22
- Tyler Anderson – 21
- Zack Wheeler – 20
- Jordan Lyles – 16
- Drew Smyly – 15
Drew Smyly came into the season and made a huge pitch mix change when he cut his sinker usage in half and started throwing his curveball and cutter more. This season he owns a 4.08 ERA and 1.34 WHIP, now the ERA indicators aren’t buying it and neither am I as it comes with an 81.8 LOB%. The big issue is he isn’t streamable because he rarely reaches five innings. In half of his starts, he has been pulled before the fifth inning. Tread carefully here.
In last night’s game against the San Francisco Giants, Pete Alonso went three for five with two runs, a home run, three RBI, and three hard-hit balls. In the month of May big Pete is hitting .326 with seven home runs, 23 RBI, and a 187 wRC+. In other words, he is destroying the ball. If you look at Alonso’s stats from one season to the next his plate discipline just continues to get better and better. Pete is slowly becoming a second-round draft pick because it looks like he will hit near .300 this season which means he will be a true four-category contributor.
A Matchup Worthy Pitcher
In eight starts Jordan Lyles holds a 4.11 ERA, 3.88 FIP, 3.82 xFIP, and 1.39 WHIP. The WHIP is atrocious but the ERA, ERA indicators, and his 20% strikeout rate are a bit interesting. Especially after his eight strikeout performance yesterday. Lyles has had some tough starts this season where he has let up six runs to the Yankees and five to the Rays but against weaker opponents like the Athletics (zero earned runs) and the Royals (two earned runs in 7.1 innings) he could be useful. I think he is at least streaming material and perhaps rosterable in 15-team leagues. I mean he has a 3.12 ERA and 2.61 FIP in his last four starts.
Running Hot In May
Rhys Hoskins has been running hot in the month of May. In April he started the season off ice cold hitting .197 with just two home runs and seven RBI. So far in the month of May, he is hitting .260 with five home runs and 16 RBI. It also comes with a 126 wRC+, .234 ISO, .807 OPS, and .353 wOBA. Hoskins has legit power and now that he is starting to run hot he will start helping out a lot of fantasy teams.
Wheeling And Dealing
And just like that Zack Wheeler has a 3.38 ERA, 2.29 FIP, 2.84 xERA, 2.88 xFIP, and 2.94 SIERA in eight starts. His strikeout rate is near his 2021 rate and his SwStr% of 13.0% is a career-high. Most notably in his last six starts, he has a 2.15 ERA and 1.54 FIP with a 31.3% strikeout rate. Wheeler is elite and back to being elite.
Tyler Anderson, oh baby! Anderson dominated the Washington Nationals yesterday pitching eight innings against them where he didn’t allow a single earned run while tallying eight strikeouts. The 21 whiffs are a season-high and his changeup just flat-out dominated. Anderson is throwing his changeup more than ever and it currently generates a 49.5% whiff rate which is outstanding. He clearly worked on the pitch because he has added several inches of vertical movement to it while also increasing the velocity difference between it and his four-seam. I will say, I don’t think he is a low three ERA pitcher and a true breakout but I do think he can finish with an ERA under four.