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Joe Blanton's fastball

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Fangraphs has a 'pitch value' stat.  Blanton's fastball is the worst in baseball this year according to this stat.


His cumulative total since 2009 is the 6th worst in baseball.  (Ervin is the worst)

Blanton's total this year is -14.7 which I think is measured in runs below average. 


Otherwise, his slider, curve, change and cutter are about average. 


He's thrown the fastball 32.3% of the time.  The most he's thrown it since 2009. 


Point being, he seems to get beat on his fastball disproportionately more than any other pitch. 

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32 percent of the time for fastball? That sounds really low.


It is fairly low for a starter. If you throw in that "cutter" he still is only throwing his fastballs at about a 43% clip which is still somewhat low. Jered Weaver has a variety of pitches but he still throws his fastballs at about a 58% rate.


I guess we should just be happy he's not throwing it more right?

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What was he throwing tonight? He probably should throw more of that.


You should read the FanGraphs article I posted up in the other thread about the umpire last night. I think Blanton took advantage of the expanded strike zone.

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