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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: Gary Sanchez, Jose Abreu, Ryan Mountcastle, Nelson Cruz, and Juan Soto.

Luis Garcia wants to make a serious run at the batting title. He went three for four with two doubles, two runs, and three hard-hit balls yesterday and is now hitting .337 on the season with a .847 OPS.

Ex Yankee Gio Urshela went three for five with two runs, two doubles, two RBI, and four hard-hit balls. Urshela is who he is, decent average with some power.

Catcher Gary Sanchez went three for five with a home run, four RBI, and three hard-hit balls. All of which were over 102 MPH with two of them coming in over 109 MPH. The dude can hit the ball hard and his .227 average ain’t too shabby in today’s environment.

I really wish I had some Paul Goldschmidt. Yesterday he went four for four with two runs, a home run, two RBI, and three hard-hit balls. He is now hitting .347 on the season with a 1.071 OPS. Insanity.

Adolis Garcia had four hard-hit balls yesterday with three over 100 MPH and all four over 97 MPH. Adolis has been a solid power/speed combination player this season.

Rangers catcher Jonah Heim had a solid game going three for five with one run and three hard-hit balls. I think it is worth noting that he hit cleanup in yesterday’s game.

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. Connor Seabold – 21
  2. Kevin Gausman – 18
  3. Noah Syndergaard – 17
  4. Adam Wainwright – 16
  5. Triston McKenzie – 15

In an article, much like this one as well as on a podcast we noted that Triston McKenzie was due for regression. His erratic velocity continues to be a constant problem and he now has a 6.44 ERA in his last five starts with an HR/9 of 3.07 (insanely high). He is still worth rostering in deep leagues but pick and choose your matchups wisely.

A Big Hand

Apparently Kevin Gausman found out he was tipping his pitches so he wore an extra-large glove in yesterday’s start. It worked. He pitched seven innings where he didn’t allow a run while he also tallied 10 strikeouts and 18 whiffs.

Taking On The Sea

Connor Seabold got the start for the Boston Red Sox yesterday. This season he has pitched 51.2 innings in AAA where he produced a 2.09 ERA, 24.8 K%, and 0.99 WHIP. Seabold throws around 93 MPH with three pitches in his arsenal, a four-seam fastball, a changeup, and a slider. Yesterday he labored through 4.2 innings but did put up seven strikeouts and an impressive 21 whiffs. The start wasn’t as bad as the numbers show. He typically located his four-seam up in the zone while trying to place his breaking balls low and away. I find him interesting but let’s see what he does with his next start.

Bouncing Back

Lucas Giolito bounced back after having some disastrous starts as he pitch six innings while allowing just two earned runs with six strikeouts. His 14 whiffs are solid and his 32 CSW% is great. His command is still worrying me though. He left a ton of pitches middle-middle in this game and I think he got lucky that the Angels didn’t take advantage. We shall see what he does in his next start, but I hope his success continues.

 

 

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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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