Joe Ross, Mike Rizzo, and Trade Ideas

One of these days, I think we’re going to look back at the three team trade that sent Steven Souza, Jr. to Tampa Bay, Wil Myers to Sand Diego, and Joe Ross and Trea Turner to the Nationals as one of the most lopsided deals of the last decade. Well, the trade will likely rank just behind the fleecing of Colorado in the Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto deal, but the larger point is that Nationals GM Mike Rizzo pulled a fast one on some pretty smart guys. I don’t know how good Trea Turner will be. By all accounts, he’s a fine minor leaguer and projects to be a solid contributor at the major league level, but the real find is Ross. This kid is good. There’s a reason why the Nationals added Joe Papelbon at the deadline at that’s about it. No one else will return his calls. Sometimes I wonder if Rizzo and Billy Beane call each other up at night and just laugh. Did you see what A.J. Preller did? Did he do anything? We’re starting Ross tomorrow! LOL.

Ross has a way of living up in the zone with his mid-90s fastball yet placing it in a location that a batter never seems able to do anything with. Coupled with a slider that was pretty filthy last night, I think the Nationals have a solid answer to who fills out Doug Fister’s spot in the rotation when he walks. Don’t be surprised this offseason when Rizzo trades Stephen Strasburg to the Cubs for Addison Russell and Jake Arrieta. Seriously. He could trade Danny Espinosa for Mike Trout.

He’s a magician.

When Jordan Zimmermann and Fister both walk, the Nationals will be fine. When Strasburg is traded for the left side of the Blue Jays infield, don’t be surprised. When I start writing coherent sentences, be alarmed. I’ll finally be coming down from my Rizzo high.

Anyway, Ross threw 6 1/3 innings yesterday, allowing two solo home runs to Lucas Duda and two hits to Kelly Johnson. That’s it. Two guys could handle the rookie, and the rest of the Mets pounded the ball into the dirt. Ross also struck out six while walking one.

Below I’ve listed the particulars for the Nationals starting pitcher for yesterday’s game. The tables and charts don’t exactly tell the entire story of last night’s pitching performance. These are just numbers, not stories, and each start is its own individual story. I like to think of these charts as the footnotes at the bottom of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. They’re not essential to making sense of the story’s narrative flow, but it definitely adds to the story’s richness if you understand the political and religious climates of late nineteenth century Ireland. In other words, it’s one thing to know that a thing occurred in a linear fashion, but it’s best to gain a deeper understanding as to why those events occurred.

Pitch Type Thrown Percentage
Changeup 2 2.2
Sinker 53 57.6
Slider 37 40.2

Joe Ross Pitches by Type

Here’s a breakdown of pitch outcomes:

Outcome Changeup Sinker Slider
Ball 0 16 12
Called Strike 0 13 15
Swinging Strike 0 10 9
Foul 0 10 8
In play, no out 0 1 1
In play, out(s) 2 9 2
In play, run(s) 0 2 0

Joe Ross Pitches by Outcome


Pitch Type Min (mph) Mean (mph) Max (mph)
Changeup 88.1 88.3 88.5
Sinker 89.3 93.9 97.3
Slider 81.9 84.9 86.9

Joe Ross Pitch Velocities

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


Pitch Location by Batter

By pitch type:

150801_JoeRossPitchPitch Location by Pitch Type


MLB Daily Heat Check


Here you’ll find information regarding the pitchers that light up the radar gun each and every night. I’ve listed for both starters and relievers the top five by average velocity and the pitchers that threw the hardest single pitch. It doesn’t equate to quality of an outing or take into consideration the end result of the pitch (sometimes really, really good fastballs go a long way), but it’s fun.

Pitcher Name Team Pitch Type Avg. Start Speed (mph)
Yordano Ventura Royals FF / FT 96.4 / 96.4
Bryan Mitchell Yankees FT / FF 96.01 / 95.99
Jacob deGrom Mets FF 95.5
Gerrit Cole Pirates FF 95.4
Kevin Gausman Orioles FF 95.3

Starters Top Five Fastballs by Average (MPH)

The five fastest pitches by starting speed all belong to Yordano Ventura. Ventura nearly hit 100 and had seven pitches at 98.3 or higher. Tonight we had a few more participants in the top 10, however, as Gerrit Cole and Kevin Gausman both showed off their arms.

The relievers are listed below:

Pitcher Name Team Pitch Type Start Speed
Jeurys Familia Mets FF 99.2
Kelvin Herrera Royals FF / FT 99.1 / 98.6
Bruce Rondon Tigers FF 98.5
Jose Diaz Reds FF 98.1
Carter Capps Marlins FF 97.4

Relievers Top Five Fastballs by Average (MPH)

Last night the separation throughout the top 10 was little closer. Kelvin Herrera was the only one who topped 100, hitting 101.3, but Jeurys Familia hit 99.8 and Bruce Rondon and Carter Capps topped 99 as well.


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