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Gameday Thread: Rangers @ Angels (5/5/23): Anderson on the mound

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I'll post this here, too, for folks who are hanging out in this thread only tonight.  Another good article here.  Deep-dive into what's going on with Loup:

"But there’s a lot more to his season than meets the eye. He pointed to a shift in pitch usage that’s been at the heart of some of his struggles.

The 35-year-old has relied heavily on his off-speed pitches this year. His curveball usage is up from 2.8 percent last year to 13.2 percent this year. His changeup is up from 12.5 percent last year to 23.6 percent this year. And his fastball and sinker have taken significant dips.

It’s likely connected to why he called himself “a little b—-“ after blowing the season opener in Oakland. Not attacking hitters in the same way he always has.

The reason, Loup said, is based on a larger team philosophy. The new shift rules, he said, have led to the team emphasizing off-speed pitches more and more in order to get more swing and miss. For Loup, the results have been quite poor, and his swing-and-miss is below his career average.

He said the emphasis on off-speed pitches has been a mixture of his choices and partly team-dictated.

“I’ve always been a guy that relied on my fastball more so than anything else,” Loup said. “Whereas this year, I think I’ve been a little more off-speed heavy. I think that’s a part of it, but I don’t think that’s all of it.”


“His pitch usage is a lot different than when he was good,” said Angels manager Phil Nevin. “And I think I can leave it at that. I think everyone can look that stuff up. We’ve got to get him back to where he was.

“We still feel like it’s in there. If it’s throwing more fastballs — at the end of the day, he’s got to locate them better too. And that’s one of the things that we’ve talked about.”

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