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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: Rowdy Tellez, Vladimir Guerrero, Rafael Devers, Yuan Yepez, and Aaron Judge.

The Red Sox third baseman continues to have a tremendous season as Rafael Devers went three for five with an RBI and four hard-hit balls.

Speaking of third baseman, Jose Ramirez continues to have a great season as well. He went three for four yesterday with two doubles and a run.

Let’s stick with a third baseman one more time! Yandy Diaz went two for five yesterday with a double and four hard-hit balls. Three out of the four were hit over 100 MPH.

Byron Buxton strikes again going three for three yesterday with a double, triple, and three hard-hit balls.

Although Andrew McCutchen only has one hit yesterday he did have four hard-hit balls with three of them being over 100 MPH. I wouldn’t look into this too much.

Rowdy Tellez decided to show up again as he went two for four with two home runs, four RBI, and three hard-hit balls. He has actually been hitting well lately he just hasn’t been hitting home runs.

Josh Bell and his batting average have been a pleasant surprise this season. Yesterday he went three for five with a double, RBI, and three hard-hit balls. Bell ranks eight in terms of wRC+ in the last 14 days.

Kyle Schwarber went two for five with a double, a home run, four RBI, and three hard-hit balls. He now has an .842 OPS on the season but he is also hitting just .219.

This is new. Max Muncy had four hard-hit balls yesterday but didn’t record a hit. All four hits were over 99 MPH. Baffling.

When healthy we all know Travis d’Arnaud can hit. Yesterday he went two for five with two runs and double 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.

  1. Dylan Cease – 21
  2. Shane McClanahan – 19
  3. Spencer Strider – 16
  4. David Peterson – 16
  5. Nestor Cortes – 16

David Peterson dominated his start against the Marlins pitching seven innings while accumulating eight strikeouts and 16 whiffs. Your question might be, is Peterson for real? The answer is kind of. Peterson has a solid fastball and slider combination with his slider being his whiff pitch. But after that there isn’t much left so for now I think he is worth rostering in 15-team formats and a top-end streamer in 12 and 10-team formats.

Dylan Cease is a monster and I will be taking him extremely early next season. That is all.

A 2023 First Rounder

At this point, Shane McClanahan can easily be put into the conversation with Gerrit Cole and Corbin Burnes. He has been the best pitcher this season as he has pitched 91.1 innings with an insane 1.77 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. His strikeout rate of 35.7% and SwStr% of 16.7% are both otherworldly and there are zero holes in his game. None. Last season his main gripe was his four-seam but this season it is letting up weaker contact and the whiff rate on the pitch has increased from average to elite. Shane McClanahan will likely be going in the first round next season.

Captain Kirk

In yesterday’s game, Alejandro Kirk went two for four with a home run and three RBI. Kirk is going to start to run away with the start gig if he continues this, there is no way they can keep Jansen at this point. In the last 14 days, Kirk is fifth in the league in wRC+, better than Trout, Devers, and Vlad. In these last two weeks, he also has five home runs, 10 runs, 13 RBI, and a .440 OBP. He has more walks than strikeouts. He has been absolutely fantastic lately and I hope he continues this torrid pace.

Giants No More

Remember when we started the season thinking the Giants have become pitching Gurus? Anthony DeSclafani has a 9.95 ERA in five starts. Alex Wood has a 5.05 ERA in 14 starts. Alex Cobb has a 5.48 ERA in 10 starts. Now Rodon and Webb have been good but we figured the Giants would bring the best out of the three pitchers mentioned and they continue to torture fantasy teams. I will say, while their ERA’s look terrible all of their underlying metrics are calling for better days ahead. But will it ring true? The issue here is the Giants defense, they rank 28th in the league in terms of OAA (Outs Above Average). They barely edge out the Phillies. The Phillies. Something has to change for me to buy into bouncebacks from these three pitchers.

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Michael Simione

Michael Simione

Michael Simione is the owner of 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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