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  1. does Andy Pettitte’s curveball really have “much more horizontal movement (toward the RHH) than vertical movement”? Are you just looking at the pitchf/x numbers for this (which don’t include the effects of gravity)? Watching him pitch, he frequently throws a pretty long, sweeping breaking ball.

    Comment by joe — October 7, 2010 @ 10:34 am

  2. shouldn’t scouting pitchers for these starts include slightly more than just these raw stats. i mean look, i am a diehard fangraphs fan. i love baseball stats. but cmon man, it’s not like those numbers make up the entirety of these pitchers. at least qualify the post in a manner that makes this clear.

    Comment by alex — October 7, 2010 @ 10:52 am

  3. pavano’s sinker breaks away from lefties, i think you mean he doesn’t have a pitch that breaks towards lefties because his fastball and change tail away from lefties

    Comment by yungmuneyholla wat it dew — October 7, 2010 @ 10:57 am

  4. Made a few mistakes, but I have been looking at video first before making the posts. I should clarify that I intend to provide readers with a look at each playoff starter’s pitch selection and how each pitch type is used so you know what to look for when watching. Describing the speeds, movement, etc. of pitches is just to give background, but I should verify with video instead of solely looking at the numbers.

    Not a traditional “scouting report,” but still key things to know nonetheless. Still, thanks for the comments.

    Comment by Albert Lyu — October 7, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

  5. Good stuff Albert. I would have also classified Pettitte curve as a sweeping one. Tho I suppose its slower and has a god amount of vertical break.

    Pettitte is one of the only guys where I don’t have to look at his stats and can say I have confidence in him during all his starts. He shuts down the running game and unshakable on the mound.

    Comment by Roswell — October 7, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

  6. All I can say is that if Pavano shuts down the Yankees in a postseason game, I will just laugh and laugh. The irony would be ridiculous. With that said, he’s not exactly a shut-down pitcher these days in my opinion. With that said he had solid numbers against them last year, and the Yankees somehow haven’t seen him at all this year (kind of surprising).

    I’m not sure how seeing a pitcher for the first time in a year affects performance against them, but it is notable.

    Comment by B N — October 7, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

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