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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 these stats daily in this article.

Your top max exit velocity readings from yesterday, in order: Jorge Alfaro, Yordan Alvarez, Yordan Alvarez again, William Contreras, and Victor Reyes.

In the last month, Jorge Alfaro is hitting .340 with a 197 wRC+, four home runs, and a 17.5 Barrel%. Definitely, an interesting catcher to grab if you need one.

Alejandro Kirk continues to rip balls as he went two for five yesterday with a home run, two RBI, and four hard-hit balls. Kirk is hitting .307 on the season with an .882 OPS. Can the Blue Jays just trade their other catchers already?

Speaking of players who need consistent playing time, Andrew Vaughn has finally escaped his manager’s ways, and is playing consistently, and yesterday he went three for five with four hard-hit balls.

Catcher Austin Nola went two for four with two runs, two RBI, and four hard-hit balls yesterday. It would be nice to see him start hitting again.

I guess Kyle Farmer is a decent player now and we just have to accept it. He went three for four yesterday with two doubles and three hard-hit balls. He is now hitting .286 on the season.

Andrew McCutchen decided to hit the ball hard yesterday as he went two for four yesterday with a home run and three hard-hit balls all over 99 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 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.

  1. Carlos Rodon – 23
  2. Luis Garcia – 20
  3. Jon Gray – 15
  4. Tarik Skubal – 14
  5. Charlie Morton – 14

Maybe I don’t have to have a Tarik Skubal shame tour anymore? Last night Skubal pitched 4.2 innings allowing six earned runs with five strikeouts against the Red Sox. He now holds a 3.63 ERA with a 1.13 WHIP but everything points to better days ahead. This means the shame tour will likely continue.

Charlie Morton is back ya’ll. In his last four starts, he has a 3.60 ERA, 40% strikeout rate, and 0.84 WHIP. I think he will be fine moving forward.

A Fallen Ace

Lucas Giolito what has happened to you my dude? Let’s look at his season overall, he has pitched 63.1 innings with a 5.40 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, and 27.2 K%. The strikeouts are still there and while his walk rate is higher than last season it is still around his career average. The problem is the hard contact he is giving up. His barrel% against has doubled, his hard-hit rate against is up 15 points, and his zone contact against is up five points. Not what you want to see. I think he is having issues gripping the ball, more specifically his changeup.

Not where you really want to see a changeup placed. It’s no wonder his changeup has a 175 wRC+ against, .233 ISO against, and a .919 OPS against. Without his changeup working, Giolito is struggling and all of his other pitches are suffering as well. The whiffs are still there with it but the fact that the pVAL on this pitch went from 10.9 last season to -4.1 this season isn’t good. It’s hard to tell which way this will go, if you have him you have to just keep holding and hope he turns it around.

A Cycle

Austin Hays hit for the cycle last night and he got it done by the sixth inning. He went four for four with three runs, a single, a double, a triple, a home run, three RBI, and three hard-hit balls. Hays has enjoyed a nice season so far as he is hitting .287 with a .829 OPS. He has been a reliable hitter all season in terms of average and brings a little power with it.

Red In His Eyes

Yea that title has nothing to do with anything I just couldn’t come up with one. I wanted to talk about Albert Almora Jr. He is getting consistent playing time for the Cincinnati Reds and is taking advantage of that opportunity. In 120 plate appearances, he has five home runs, is hitting .287, and has two stolen bases. Almora isn’t really going to give you much power but his new hitting approach certainly seems legit. He has gone pull heavy as his pull rate is up from 40% to 50.1%. He is being more selective at the plate by swinging outside of the zone less which is resulting in a career-high contact rate. Yesterday he went one for three with two runs and a home run. I think he is a viable option in 15-team leagues and a great streamer for 12-teams when the Reds are hitting at home.

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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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