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Sep 09

Matt Harvey: About Last Night (September 08)

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To protect my long term health (fear of carpal tunnel, arthritis, lower back pain, etc.) my agent, doctors, advisors, and I have decided to limit this post to 180 words. Thank you for your understanding.

Other than Jayson Werth, Matt Harvey didn’t have too many answers for the Nationals on Tuesday night. He relied primarily on his fastball, overthrowing and missing up or leaving it over the plate. That curveball that he threw so well in his last start against Philadelphia was a memory in this game. He threw the pitch twice. The Nationals were extremely aggressive, recording three straight first pitch singles in the first and another three at-bats with hits after three or fewer pitches.

It was apparent that Harvey came out, attempting to quiet the critics who have questioned both his team of decision makers and his heart. I guess the night could have gone better. A questionable decision to throw to third on Ian Desmond’s bunt in the sixth led to the bases loaded, which was followed two batters later by Yoenis Cespedes’ misplay in center. Four runs score. Nats up 7-1. Harvey’s night is over.

So, Harvey ties a career high by allowing seven earned runs on eight hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out six.

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

Pitches by Type:

##  Pitch Type Count    %
##    Changeup     8 10.8
##   Curveball     2 2.70
##    Fourseam    37 50.0
##    Two-seam    17  23.
##      Slider    10 13.5

Pitch Type by Inning

##            1 2 3 4 5  6
## Changeup   0 4 2 0 2  0
## Curveball  1 1 0 0 0  0
## Fourseam  16 7 3 3 5  3
## Two-seam   0 2 1 2 1 11
## Slider     1 3 2 2 1  1

Pitches by Outcome:

##                 Changeup Curveball Fourseam Two-seam Slider
## Ball                   3         1        9        6      2
## Called Strike          0         0        6        3      2
## Foul                   2         1        6        1      1
## Foul Bunt              0         0        0        0      1
## Foul Tip               0         0        2        1      0
## In play, no out        1         0        2        1      1
## In play, out(s)        1         0        4        2      2
## In play, run(s)        0         0        2        1      1
## Swinging Strike        1         0        6        2      0

Events by Final Pitch of At-Bat

##           Changeup Fourseam Two-seam Slider
## Flyout           0        0        1      0
## Groundout        1        2        1      2
## Pop Out          0        1        0      0
## Sac Bunt         0        1        1      0
## Single           1        4        1      2
## Strikeout        0        5        1      0
## Walk             1        0        1      0

Pitches by Zone Location

##  Zone % Out of Zone % O-Swing % Z-Swing %
##   60.81         39.19     15.31     46.04

Note: Zone % is the number of pitches thrown that were considered in the strike zone; Out of Zone is the number of pitches thrown out of the strike zone; and O-Swing % and Z-Swing % relate to those pitches out of the zone and in the zone that were swung at by batters.

Calculations: I calculated the strike zone based upon the formula provided by Mike Fast in a post for Baseball Prospectus. O-Swing % = Swings at Pitches Out of the Zone / Total Pitches Out of the Zone, and Z-Swing % = Swings at Pitches In the Zone / Total Pitches In the Zone. Fangraphs has a great explanation regarding plate discipline, and I encourage you to read about it if you get a chance. After enjoying my site first, of course.


Pitch Types by Zone Location

##  Pitch Type In Zone Out of Zone O-Swing % Z-Swing %
##    Changeup       3           5     0.400      1.00
##   Curveball       0           2     0.500       NaN
##    Fourseam      26          11     0.182     0.615
##    Two-seam       8           9     0.111     0.625
##      Slider       8           2      0.00     0.500

Strikeouts by Description

##                 Fourseam Two-seam
## Called Strike          1        1
## Foul Tip               2        0
## Swinging Strike        2        0

Standard Batting Lines Against Matt Harvey

##             Batter PA AB H 2B 3B HR K BB HBP SF    BA   OBP   SLG Pitches
##     Anthony  Rendon  3  3 2  0  0  0 0  0   0  0 0.667 0.667 0.667      13
##       Bryce  Harper  3  3 0  0  0  0 0  0   0  0 0.000 0.000 0.000       5
##     Clint  Robinson  3  2 2  0  0  0 0  1   0  0 1.000 1.000 1.000       9
##        Ian  Desmond  3  2 1  0  0  0 0  0   0  1 0.500 0.500 0.500       3
##       Jayson  Werth  3  3 0  0  0  0 3  0   0  0 0.000 0.000 0.000      14
##  Jordan  Zimmermann  2  1 0  0  0  0 1  0   0  1 0.000 0.000 0.000       5
##     Michael  Taylor  3  2 1  0  0  0 0  1   0  0 0.500 0.667 0.500      11
##       Wilson  Ramos  3  3 0  0  0  0 2  0   0  0 0.000 0.000 0.000       8
##      Yunel  Escobar  3  3 2  0  0  0 0  0   0  0 0.667 0.667 0.667       6

Pitches Velocities & Movement:

##  Pitch Type  Min Mean  Max Mean Hor Mean Vert CRT Mean Hor CRT Mean Vert
##    Changeup 88.2 89.9 90.9   -9.144     5.350       -9.032         3.843
##   Curveball 84.3 85.2 86.0  -0.1300    -3.075      -0.1427        -4.751
##    Fourseam 93.3  97. 98.5   -5.795     9.424       -5.464         8.173
##    Two-seam 94.7 96.6 97.8   -8.481     7.410       -8.395         6.224
##      Slider 86.3 90.2 92.1   0.3320     2.127       0.7189        0.9755

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. As measured from the back point of home plate, the x-axis (horizontal) runs to the catcher’s right, the y-axis points at the pitcher, and the z-axis (vertical) runs upward.

Note 2: The corrected horizontal and vertical are based upon a paper by Alan M. Nathan from the University of Illinois nd account for the elimination of both gravity and drag. The corrected averages more accurately reflect the true movement of the baseball.


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

2015-09-09_Matt Harvey_BoxPlot

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

Pitch Location by Stance:

2015-09-09_Matt Harvey_Stance

Pitch Location by Pitch Type:

2015-09-09_Matt Harvey_Pitches

Pitch Locations by Batter:

2015-09-09_Matt Harvey_Batters

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