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  1. Yeah his FB% is up but so is his Infield fly % so I don’t know if that is the thing to look at and be that worried about. The thing I see as a possible problem is the dive in LD% and whether that is sustainable. But you definitely have to be encouraged by the bump in swing strike %. It is definitely hard to fail with that kind of fastball speed

    Comment by Trenchtown — May 12, 2009 @ 10:50 am

  2. It’s his control, silly. Almost all his pitches have seemingly either been at the knees or they have been fastballs above the waist. I didn’t watch him in Tampa but I’m guessing that wasn’t the case.

    Comment by Art — May 12, 2009 @ 11:16 am

  3. Trenchtown-

    I agree that his IFFB% could be an issue. Has he really taken a step forward, or are his numbers masked by a IFFB% twice his career rate?

    Also, pitching as a starter with essentially two pitches seems like a recipe for short outings and limited success, unless his WHIFF rates are incredible-anyone have this data?

    Anyone have anything to add?

    Comment by Joe — May 12, 2009 @ 2:25 pm

  4. His swinging strike percentage is 10.8% up from 7.7% last year which is a pretty significant jump

    Comment by Trenchtown — May 12, 2009 @ 6:34 pm

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