Jul 29

Syndergaard Throws Really, Really Fast Again

The one thing I like about Noah Syndergaard is that for a kid with an explosive fastball he throws a good many curveballs and changeups. It’s sort of refreshing. It reminds me of high school when we could throw fastballs and curveballs all day long and still win a game 8-1. Well, not me. I threw mostly curveballs because my fastball was slower than a Jamie Moyer changeup, but guys who could actually throw the ball hard did stuff like that.

Anyway, I’m working on a new idea for the blog where I give a quick recap of the starting pitcher for last night’s game. It’s a work in progress, touching mostly on the pitches used, locations, and average fastball velocity. Once I figure this all out, I’d like to add a feature with average break and spin rate by breaking ball, but that’s for another day.

Last night, Syndergaard carried a perfect game into the seventh, and for the first time since Matt Harvey carried a no-hitter into the seventh against Minnesota in 2013, I thought I’d see some Mets history. To say Syndergaard looked good is a bit understated. On the night, he pitched eight innings, allowing three hits and striking out 9. He had one inning of trouble in the seventh, but with runners on first and third and no outs he got Matt Kemp to pop out and then Justin Upton to hit into a double play. It might be the first time I’ve ever seen a shortstop underhand toss a ball ten yards away, but Ruben Tejada’s toss was turned by Daniel Murphy and beat Upton by three steps.

Syndergaard’s pitches by type:

Pitch Type Thrown Percentage
Fourseam 51 47.7%
Sinker 24 22.4%
Curveball 21 19.6%
Changeup 11 10.3%

Syndergaard Pitches by Type

Here’s a breakdown of pitch outcomes:

Outcome Fourseam Sinker Curveball Changeup
Ball 13 10 7 6
Called Strike 11 7 3 3
Swinging Strike 6 2 5 0
Foul 11 2 3 0
In play, no out 2 1 0 0
In play, out(s) 8 2 3 1

Syndergaard Pitches by Outcome

Syndergaard’s average velocity on his fastball last night was 97-mph (96.96) with a max topping out at 98.40 and a bottom of 95.4-mph.

As noted in a previous article, Syndergaard hasn’t been pitching up and in to batters since his start against Milwaukee, and the trend continued last night. I’ve provided the pitch locations to both righties and lefties and also pitch location by type.

Pitch Locations Stand 150728Pitch Location by Batter

By pitch type:

150728_PitchLocationsPitch Location by Pitch Type

 

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