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  1. Any decent way to measure defense based on the pace of the pitcher on the mound? The old adage is that fast pitchers “keep the defenders on their toes” while slow pitchers make them fall asleep, any way to back that up?

    Comment by Jilly — November 18, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

  2. Hi Jilly,

    Mike Fast did just this two years ago:

    http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/short-work/

    Comment by Dave Allen — November 18, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

  3. It’d be interesting to see pace for batters and then see which had more total effect on the pace of the game. My inclination would be that batters have more of an effect on pace than we think (perhaps more than pitchers).

    Comment by Temo — November 18, 2010 @ 1:18 pm

  4. I wonder if the same pitcher exhibits a significant difference when working with different catchers on the same team. You sometimes hear a lot of speculation that Pitcher A gets along best with Catcher X.

    Comment by Greg — November 18, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

  5. Thanks a ton! I never knew about this.

    Comment by Jilly — November 18, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

  6. New York City?!

    Comment by sorry your heinous — November 18, 2010 @ 2:09 pm

  7. Is it just me? I’m not seeing “Pace” on the pitcher pages. Just “Strikes” occupying a wide space next to “Pitches” on the Pitch Type Data…

    Comment by Paul SF — November 18, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

  8. On the pitchf/x tab.

    Comment by Dave Allen — November 18, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

  9. Foul balls also increase the time between pitches because of the wait to see the outcome and because a new ball is brought in and rubbed down by the pitcher. As there tend to be more foul balls with two strike counts, this may be a partial explanation.

    Comment by newsense — November 18, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

  10. I’m also curious to see this from a batter standpoint. Some guys definitely drag out the at bats due to foul balls, stepping out, fixing their batting gloves (Nomar) etc.

    I’m curious if the reason that AL East pitchers are so slow between pitches is because of the hitters they face the majority of the time are very methodical in their approach.

    Also curious if teams play faster against other teams (though sample size might be an issue). I’m a Red Sox fan and I’d bet our games vs. TB were probably the slowest we had all season because of the base stealing threat and the constant pickoff moves.

    I’m also curious about the catcher making a difference for pace

    Comment by Jim Lahey — November 18, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

  11. I’d like to know what impact, if any, pace has on runs scored for the pitching team. That is, does an offense score more points for their pitcher when he operates faster or slower?

    Comment by ian — November 18, 2010 @ 5:10 pm

  12. I don’t know about Leake or other guys who pitch to contact, but Buehrle doesn’t futz around even when he does work deep into the count.

    if he slows down, it’s because the batters are stepping out on him, trying to disrupt his rhythm.

    Comment by MikeS — November 18, 2010 @ 8:01 pm

  13. I’ve heard over the years how when a pitcher is pitching well he’ll pitch faster (I heard this about Lincecum during the Playoffs). Any truth to some sort of relation between QS and pace?

    Comment by Mike — November 18, 2010 @ 11:07 pm

  14. I’d imagine the primary relation there is: pitching well -> fewer runners on base -> quicker pitching.

    Comment by Nate — November 19, 2010 @ 10:40 am

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