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Important!

I posted my streamer article stating that due to some medical issues I have to discontinue my What You Need To Know articles for right now. Once the wonderful SPS discord found out one of our long-time members decided to step in for today and create the article. I will leave them anonymous but when you read the end you might know who it is. Enjoy and thank you to the member who wrote this!

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: Bobby Witt, Jr., Vladimir Guerrero, Julio Rodriguez, Vlad again, and Luke Voit.

Eduardo Escobar hit for the cycle yesterday, going 4 for 5 with 6 RBI. Two of the four hits were hard-hit balls, clocking in at or above 106 MPH. Impressive.

Bang the trash can slowly and hit the crap out of the ball: Trash can aficionado and destroyer of baseballs, Jose Altuve, started out his night with three hard-hit balls (107.1, 100.8, and 106.7) – all hits.

Kyle Farmer, yes, *that* Kyle Farmer, continued his May/June hot streak last night, going 2 for 3 with two hard-hit balls (104.3 and 98.3). Over 50 plate appearances this season against lefties, he’s slashing a robust .378/.420/.822 accounting for all 5 of his home runs. A nice streaming option for sure.

Despite a 1 for 4 night at the dish, Raffy Devers continues to mash with 3 of his 4 BBEs as hard-hit qualified.

Finally, Kyle Isbel of the Royals put some charge into outs last night, registering EVs of 95.8, 102.9, and 96.4. Hitting 2nd for the first time all season, the lefty had some good AB against Jays’ righties Ross Stripling and Julian Merryweather.

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.

Carlos Carrasco – 19 (7 IP)

Hunter Greene – 17 (7 IP)

Blake Snell – 14 (4 IP)

Michael Wacha – 12 (CG)

Robbie Ray – 10 (5 IP)

Hunter Greene topped out at 99.6 MPH yesterday, down a couple of MPH from his last start. The dude is an enigma and if he can put it all together he will be scary.

She Told Me to Wacha This Way

Michael Wacha continued his surprising start to 2022 with a complete game, 1-0 shut out of the Angels last night. Wacha limited the Angels to just 6 hard-hit balls, while striking out 6 and issuing only one walk. He also produced 12 whiffs and 25 CSW%. While on the surface Wacha’s 2022 looks impressive, his xERA (3.78) is nearly two runs higher than his actual ERA of 1.99.  He’s certainly excelling at limiting hard hits (84th percentile) and his WOBA is just .234. He makes for a nice streaming option with the right matchup.

One Tough Cookie

Carlos Carrasco continued his great 2022 with 7 strong innings against the Padres striking out 10 and only giving up 2ER.  He induced 19 Whiffs and a 31 CSW%.  In fact, if one takes Jurickson Profar’s 3 AB against Carrasco, the rest of the Padres only managed 3 hard-hit events. After last night’s start, Carrasco is sporting a 1.8 fWAR; good for 4th in the National League.  Playing for a contender in a large market with strong counting and underlying stats will certainly put him in play for Cy Young consideration.  However, health has always been a problem for him and that could limit his chances.

Speaking of Cy Young contenders…

It’s been nearly 20 years since we’ve seen a relief pitcher win the Cy Young award (2003 Eric Gagne).  One name that continues to pop up on my Cy Young relief radar is none other than Brent Suter.  Now, I know what you’re thinking, “what kind of debt is Michael repaying to even broach this subject?!” or maybe “screw it, I’m unsubscribing from SPS; Michael has lost it”. Both are fair statements, however, I will point out that Suter still has a chance to match or beat Dennis Eckersley’s dominant 1992 MVP, Cy Young season. If, over the next 60 IP, Suter can limit opponents to just 41 combined hits and walks, while only giving up 5 earned runs and netting 6 more wins and 51 saves, he’ll match Eck and run away with the NL Cy Young.  Thank you to SPS Discord member, Andy Carlson, for the knowledge drop.

Year Player IP W SV Hits Walks ER ERA WHIP
1992 Eckersley 80 7 51 62 11 17 1.91 0.91
2022 Suter 20 1 0 23 9 12 5.40 1.60
Remaining Stats to Match 60 6 51 39 2 5 0.75 0.68

 

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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