Well, Max Scherzer’s outing for the Nationals yesterday was a nice bounce back game for the major league leader in fWAR. He tossed seven shutout innings against the Miami Marlins, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out six. In his prior start against Pittsburgh, he’d allowed five runs in five innings (on three home runs no less) and had allowed five earned runs in two of his prior five starts. The Nationals won 1-0 because they, unlike the Mets, know how to use their closer(s).
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.
Max Scherzer Pitches by Type
Here’s a breakdown of pitch outcomes:
|In play, no out||1||0||0||2|
|In play, out(s)||4||0||7||2|
Max Scherzer Pitches by Outcome
|Pitch Type||Min (mph)||Mean (mph)||Max (mph)|
Max Scherzer Pitch Velocities
Below are the pitch locations by both batter stance (left or right) and by pitch type:
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. For the charts below, I’m tracking fourseam fastballs.
|Pitcher Name||Team||Pitch Type||Avg. Start Speed (mph)|
|Carlos Martinez||St. Louis||FF||96.8|
|Jake Arrieta||Chicago Cubs||FF||94.4|
Starters Top Five Fastballs by Average (MPH)
The relievers are listed below:
|Pitcher Name||Team||Pitch Type||Start Speed|
Relievers Top Five Fastballs by Average (MPH)
Like the starters above, one man dominated the top six spots. Kenneth Giles threw the hardest fourseamer of the night at 101.3. He topped 100 four times. Kelvin Herrera nearly hit 100, coming in at 99.8 and good for seventh in our list.