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: Jesus Sanchez, Yordan Alvarez, Gary Sanchez, Christoper Morel, and Ketel Marte.
Jesus Sanchez hit a monster shot in Colorado as his home run was just shy of 500 feet (496) and it had an exit velocity of 114.7 MPH. This makes for a career-high in max EV for Sanchez and hopefully, this gets him going again.
Nico Hoerner fresh off the injured list went three for five with three RBI and four hard-hit balls in the Cubs and Brewers’ first game of the day.
I’m still waiting for Jonathan Schoop to fully come around as he has been flashing some of his old self, much like yesterday. Yesterday he went three for five with a double, triple, and four-hard hit balls.
Catcher Gary Sanchez went two for four yesterday with one home run, an RBI, and three hard-hit balls. He should continue to be a solid power source.
Oh look Yordan Alvarez is popping in with three hard-hit balls as he went two for four yesterday with two home runs and two RBI.
As we predicted Ryan Mountcastle is finally starting to boom as he went four for five with a home run and four hard-hit balls yesterday. Mountcastle is hitting a lot more line drives and that batting average should continue to rise.
It’s nice to see Starling Marte hit again and move back up the Mets lineup. He went three for four yesterday with one home run, four RBI, two runs, and four hard-hit balls.
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.
- Aaron Ashby – 21
- Ryan Feltner – 15
- Logan Webb – 15
- Spencer Strider – 14
- Framber Valdez – 13
Ryan Feltner is super interesting as he keeps popping up on this whiff list. In three starts he has a 28.6 K% and an 11.9 SwStr%, which calls for regression but in his last start, his SwStr% was nearly 14%. His four-seam and slider have been filthy and I think he is the perfect streamer for outside of Coors.
That’s the Aaron Ashby we have been waiting for! Aaron Ashby pitched six innings where he allowed just one earned run while striking out 12 hitters. He was able to induce 21 whiffs, 10 from his changeup, and a 39 CSW%. Something else to note is that Ashby’s velocity was up a tick in this starts! Ashby has been in and out of the rotation but with Brandon Woodruff on the shelf as well as Freddy Peralta he will be getting a string of starts here. This season as a starter he has pitched 25.1 innings to the tune of a 2.84 ERA and 26.5 K%. If he can just get the walks down he could provide you SP2 numbers. He is an add in all formats if he is somehow still out there.
The Long Way Home
I’m honestly not even sure this title ties into this blurb but this is me not caring! In yesterday’s game Evan Longoria went one for four with a home run and one RBI. Longoria has been anything but special this season but boy has he been heating up. Coming off an injury it has taken Longoria some time to get going but in his last 28 plate appearances, or seven games he has been killing the ball. He has five home runs, nine RBI, a 271 wRC+, and .615 ISO in his last seven starts. Damn!
Webb of Lies
In yesterday’s start, Logan Webb pitched eight innings where he allowed three runs while striking out ten hitters. He also had 15 whiffs, a 38 CSW%, and nine whiffs from the changeup alone. A lot of people were asking me why his strikeouts were down from last season to which I kept telling them his SwStr% is telling us that his lower K% was lying. Well in his last three starts his strikeout rate is at 28.6%, much higher than his season mark of 20%. The strikeouts should keep coming.
The Ground Ball King
Also known as Framber Valdez had himself quite the start yesterday! Valdez pitched a complete game allowing just one earned run with seven strikeouts against the Oakland Athletics. On the season Valdez has had 10 starts and he has pitched 63 innings with a 2.57 ERA and 3.15 FIP. His ground ball rate leads the league at 65.7% which is just an absurd number and it’s no wonder he has only allowed four barrels all season. Valdez is as solid as they come and he should be a valuable asset moving forward.