Jacob deGrom: About Last Night (8/7)

It’s not particularly surprising that Jacob deGrom followed up a six inning outing against Washington with 6 1/3 innings against Tampa. His fastball was all over the place. In the first inning, one that saw him need 23 pitches to get through four batters, he 23 pitches and of those, the majority were fastballs that were up and out of the zone to lefties. He needed seven pitches to get through John Jaso, all fastballs; six pitches to Grady Sizemore; a rather efficient four to Evan Longoria before he singled; and then six more to James Loney. With Loney he started working in his changeup more.
The narrative from this game is that deGrom didn’t have his typical command, and his secondary pitches betrayed him. For the most part that is true. I thought he had a nice changeup (I know, I have my infatuation issues with this pitch), and he had two strikeouts (one to Asdrubal Cabrera in the second) with his change. His slider was non-existent, but he threw his curve for strikes on occasion. It wasn’t a curve with a particularly sharp break, but in the fifth he threw a couple to Curt Casali that kept the Rays hitters thinking that it was at least a viable pitch. Besides, following up a curve that was called a strike with one that was just off the inside corner isn’t necessarily a bad pitch.
This could have been an extremely bad outing. In the third, with Kevin Kiemaier on first after a single, deGrom came up and in with a fourseamer and hit Casali on the forearm. Home plate umpire Tim Timmons called it a strike (apparently Casali swung at the pitch as he grunted in pain?), and what could have been two men on with the leadoff hitter Jaso coming up turned into a fly ball to Yoenis Cespedes in center and then a Jaso double play. If Casali is on, Jaso does anything other than hits into a double play, and then Sizemore comes up, and, well, Sizemore took a fastball a long way in his second at-bat.
Of course, reasoning like that is fraught with faulty reasoning. Who knows how the situation would have really played out and if Sizemore (who also robbed Wilmer Flores of a home run in the sixth) hits one out.1  deGrom’s pitch to Sizemore in the fourth wasn’t necessarily bad. It was outer half. Maybe he doesn’t hit the black like he normally does, but it wasn’t the meaty offering he hand delivered to Loney in the seventh. Wow. Loney hit that one a long way.
It wasn’t deGrom’s best outing but he did well enough for the man currently second in the NL in ERA. He allowed two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings on six hits and an almost hit batter while striking out seven.
Oh, and the Mets fought back from 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 deficits with big hits and two-out Flores bloop singles to win the game 4-3.
Good times.

Below I’ve listed the particulars for yesterday’s game.

Pitches by Type:

##  Pitch Type Count    %
##    Changeup    22 20.4
##   Curveball    12 11.1
##    Fourseam    65 60.2
##    Two-seam     2 1.85
##      Slider     7 6.48

Pitches by Outcome:

##                           Changeup Curveball Fourseam Two-seam Slider
## Ball                             5         6       15        2      3
## Called Strike                    0         4       12        0      0
## Foul                             5         2       21        0      2
## Foul Bunt                        1         0        0        0      0
## Foul Tip                         1         0        0        0      1
## In play, no out                  1         0        2        0      1
## In play, out(s)                  4         0        7        0      0
## In play, run(s)                  1         0        1        0      0
## Swinging Strike                  3         0        7        0      0
## Swinging Strike (Blocked)        1         0        0        0      0

Events by Final Pitch of At-Bat

##                  Changeup Fourseam Slider
## Double                  1        0      1
## Flyout                  0        5      0
## Grounded Into DP        0        1      0
## Groundout               2        1      0
## Home Run                1        1      0
## Lineout                 2        0      0
## Single                  0        2      0
## Strikeout               2        5      0

Strikeouts by Description

##                           Changeup Fourseam
## Called Strike                    0        2
## Foul Tip                         1        0
## Swinging Strike                  0        3
## Swinging Strike (Blocked)        1        0

Strikeouts by Batter

##       Batter Name Strikeout(s)
##  Asdrubal  Cabrera            2
##       Curt  Casali            1
##       Daniel  Nava            1
##    Grady  Sizemore            1
##    Logan  Forsythe            2

Pitches Velocities & Movement:

##  Pitch Type  Min Mean  Max Mean Horizontal Mean Vertical
##    Changeup 83.6 85.3 86.5          -4.985         6.307
##   Curveball 78.3 80.6 82.9           6.706        -1.572
##    Fourseam 92.9 94.9 97.0          -3.732         10.95
##    Two-seam 94.2 95.5 96.7          -6.275         7.150
##      Slider 86.5 88.2 91.4           4.124         5.269

Note: Horizontal movement denotes average distance, in inches, from point of release to home plate (+ moves away from a right-handed batter) while vertical movement is average distance, in inches, from release point to home plate.

Average (MPH) Velocity for Pitches by Starters Last Night:

2015-08-08_Jacob DeGrom_BoxPlot

Below are the pitch locations by both batter stance (left or right) and by pitch type.

Pitch Location by Batter Stance:

2015-08-08_Jacob DeGrom_StancePitch Location by Pitch Type:

2015-08-08_Jacob DeGrom_PitchesPitch Locations by Batter:

2015-08-08_Jacob DeGrom_Batters

  1. I really like Grady Sizemore. I’m glad he’s back in the major leagues, playing well again. He was a special player when he was with Cleveland, and it was always a little sad to watch injuries rob him of his speed and power. That being said, he always seems to hurt the Mets and I’ll be happy not to see him again this year.

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