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  1. Slight nitpick, it’s Galarraga.

    Comment by Paul — June 14, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

  2. Not a slight nitpick at all. It’s the man’s name. All fixed. Thanks.

    Comment by Joe Pawlikowski — June 14, 2010 @ 3:06 pm

  3. A few other niggling errors:

    “but a few things have changed for Galarraga. These small changes could make his 2010 season look more like his 2010 season look more like his 2008 campaign than his 2009 hit parade. ”

    “It looks like he’s definitely throw his fastball more.”

    Comment by Cameron — June 14, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

  4. Yowza! Thanks for the catches.

    Comment by Joe Pawlikowski — June 14, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

  5. Not a problem. As a Tigers fan though, love this piece. Lots of us fans are hoping that we can count on Gaga for the summer (and fall?!)

    Comment by Cameron — June 14, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

  6. One thing I’ve noticed with Galarraga’s pitch f/x is that his fastball and changeup are on more of a continuum rather than two super distinct pitches. Looking at a brooks chart, it’s pretty difficult to tell where the line between them is. So I wonder if his usage hasn’t actually changed all that much, but some 87 mph pitches with running action that were classified as a changeup two years ago are being classified as fastballs this season. But then there is the velocity discrepancy, too.

    Comment by Eric Cioe — June 14, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

  7. This statement seems contradictory: “He is neither a strikeout nor a groundball pitcher, so keeping hitters off base can be be a bit of a problem.”

    Not getting strikeouts would make it difficult for him to keep runners off base, but not being a groundball pitcher would help.

    Comment by Nathaniel Dawson — June 14, 2010 @ 7:23 pm

  8. Interesting point Nathaniel. I personally don’t know if “ground ball” pitchers allow fewer base runners, rather than non-ground ball pitchers (i.e. fly ball pitchers)? I feel like I prefer ground ball pitchers (i.e. Doc and Ubaldo), but haven’t done the research on it.

    Also, I think the article is interesting. It does a good job illustrating how a (average) player can make changes and possibly improve. It’s clear he is performing better than previous years, and not many people would argue that he is due to regress. Only time will tell if his command and increased fastball usage are actual tactics that lead to a better starting pitcher, or will the bad contract eventually turn into good contact and trump his success.

    Comment by verd14 — June 15, 2010 @ 12:16 pm

  9. Groundball pitchers generally allow more baserunners. This is due to a higher batting average on groundballs compared to flyballs, fewer strikeouts which allow batters to put the ball in play more often, and from a higher number of batters reaching base on errors.

    It’s not a huge difference, probably something like a half a baserunner or so more per 9 innings.

    Comment by Nathaniel Dawson — June 15, 2010 @ 8:33 pm

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    Comment by Jackie Cirullo — October 7, 2010 @ 12:26 am

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