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  1. I saw the game. Good job Ted Lilly for striking out 9.

    Comment by Black_Rose — September 7, 2011 @ 12:23 am

  2. I didn’t get MLB network at all. They kept going to the rain delay in philly instead of showing the nats game. Is it too hard to put some small wording on the screen that says the other game is in delay?

    Comment by Jeff Zimmerman — September 7, 2011 @ 12:27 am

  3. Strasbury? I don’t get it

    Comment by Andre — September 7, 2011 @ 12:30 am

  4. Not much to get, I was just seeing if anyone else was awake ;)

    Comment by Jeff Zimmerman — September 7, 2011 @ 12:35 am

  5. Thanks for the timely writeup on this Strasbury fellow, whoever that is. :) He was probably taking it somewhat easy tonight, possibly on management orders. The new pitch is interesting though. Should that be legal, Stephen Strasburg adding another pitch?

    Comment by BuzzingThalami — September 7, 2011 @ 12:36 am

  6. The Strasburies taste like Strasburies!

    Comment by David — September 7, 2011 @ 1:11 am

  7. Yeah, what was up with that. I didn’t even know 9K’s in 5IP was possible for Mr. Lilly.

    Comment by max — September 7, 2011 @ 3:36 am

  8. After the first inning, Lilly had three K’s and Strasburg had 0.

    Comment by Bip — September 7, 2011 @ 3:51 am

  9. You mean somebody played, even PITCHED, in this game other than Strasburg? I never would have known.

    Comment by MikeS — September 7, 2011 @ 7:14 am

  10. I was at the game and Lilly didn’t look great in spite of the 9 strikeouts. He was getting behind in the count and had a high pitch count. He did work a long at bat against Strasburg before grounding out which is better than his teammates seemed to do at the plate.

    Comment by gu03alum — September 7, 2011 @ 7:44 am

  11. Just watched the highlights, and I am intrigued by that Kemp strikeout in the 4th on the changeup. I guess this article explains it, but man, any other pitcher on the mound and the announced calls that a fastball, no hesitation.

    Comment by Matt H — September 7, 2011 @ 9:22 am

  12. Please send me one “AF tank woman.” My check for $17 is in the mail.

    Comment by Aaron — September 7, 2011 @ 9:36 am

  13. Hmmm, now that the spam post has been deleted my witty riposte makes considerably less sense.

    Comment by Aaron — September 7, 2011 @ 9:37 am

  14. True but he was probably taking it easy last year too.

    Hopefully he gets that velocity back as he gets more starts. I think I’m most interested in his curve velocity.

    Comment by joe — September 7, 2011 @ 9:51 am

  15. Did you see how awful his first swing was? I laughed out loud, then noticed his 0.083 BA.

    Comment by Barkey Walker — September 7, 2011 @ 10:24 am

  16. Except for maybe Felix Hernandez who throws his change in the low 90′s.

    Comment by gu03alum — September 7, 2011 @ 10:50 am

  17. I will gladly pay you tomorrow for a hamburger today…

    Comment by Aaron — September 7, 2011 @ 11:25 am

  18. I was more impressed with 56 pitches through 5 IP.

    Small sample for certain.

    Last year SS had TWO changeups: [1] One that he threw to LHBs that tailed away, and [2] One that he threw to RHBs that dropped.

    The number of LHBs and RHBs in the LAD lineup compared to what he faced on average last year could account for the differences in changeup movement, couldn’t it?

    This dude is either going to be [1] AWESOME!!! or [2] injured. He’s not going to be one of those “reduced stuff” pitchers, and probably never will be.

    I did not notice anything different in his mechanics, which could be a future issue.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — September 7, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

  19. His plant is different on the centerline.

    Comment by channelclemente — September 7, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

  20. FP Santangelo claimed that Strasburg had added a 2-seamer to his repertoire that was 94-96 mph. I saw it all of twice, so if he did it’s a supplemental pitch and not one of his main pitches.

    Comment by jorgath — September 7, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

  21. If he did, that’s 4-6 MPH faster than the other 2 seam FB in the league. I would expect him to add a cutter like Nalasco throws that avoids the slider torque on the arm as well.

    Comment by channelclemente — September 7, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

  22. Strasburg is throwing a bit slower this season than last. Also, he looks to have added a changeup that breaks down less.

    How does the pitch data from this year’s only start compare to the individual starts from last year?

    Are there any games that are almost identical to this one (in terms of pitch fx data)?

    We’re comparing 5 IP from one start to a single start from last year. That seems like something FG should never do.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — September 7, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

  23. Yeah, Strasburg does throw a two-seamer. Thing is, he threw one last year, too. And in college.

    No idea why Santangelo thought it was a new pitch.

    Comment by Kirkwood — September 7, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

  24. Your right, I think it’s a difference without a distinction. 99 MPH – 100 MPH, it’s the differential to the changeup, not the overall velocity that drives his game. That delta tells the tale.

    Comment by channelclemente — September 7, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

  25. I know pitch type linear weights aren’t GREAT, but I find this odd: his fastball (avg ~93), has been a negative pitch in terms of value. His changeup, which is 3 to 4 MPH slower (not ideal according to conventional wisdom), has been a fantastic pitch. You’d think that such a small difference in velocity would make the changeup worse, not better.

    Comment by haha — September 7, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

  26. same “plane”, not plain

    Comment by Guy Smiley — September 8, 2011 @ 11:58 am

  27. Because he barely uses it, and when he does we (fans) don’t notice because we’re conditioned to think that 96 HAS to be a 4-seamer. So much so that I’d forgotten about it.

    Comment by jorgath — September 8, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

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