Today, I will examine five pitchers who came off the DL this past week and give a top 30 ranking for HURT and PAIN.
This speed is about 1.5 mph less than his MLB average fastball velocity. Besides the drop in speed, the fact he didn’t throw a single other pitch type worries me a bit. He was at his best when he was able to mix up pitches and keep batters on their heels. I am not buying in yet. I want to see a little more production from him.
• A.J. Burnett‘s fastball velocity is inline with values from this and previous seasons.
• Chad Gaudin‘s velocity was down a tick, but was inline with the velocity from his other starts vice his relief appearances.
Don’t fall for the low ERA (2.44) and expect some regression as his BABIP inches higher from its current .261 level.
• Anibal Sanchez had his highest average fastball velocity game when compared to any other one over the past 3 seasons.
Sanchez’s inconsistent release points is another main issue I have with him. He has been all over the place this season.
Besides being all over the place, he is now releasing closer to the middle of the rubber than he ever did previously.
It would be nice for him to quit search for a new position and stick with one.
• Mike Pelfrey‘s velocity looks great (like you care).
HURT (Hitter’s Under-performance from Recent Trauma) Rankings (no min PA in 2013 and at least 400 PA from 2010 to 2012):
Any player with a HURT value over 100 (red) has the traits of a batter playing through an injury.
|Rank||Name||HURT||PA (2013)||PA (2010 to 2012)|
• Brandon Phillips showing up at the bottom of the HURT ranking surprised me a bit. A quick Google search turned up a major HBP on June 1st. So on and before June 1st, Phillips was hitting .291/.340/.476. Since then, he is hitting .200/.254/.286. His ISO by month is:
At least his July ISO is higher than June’s. To see if he is over the HBP, I would need to see his ISO continue to inch up.
PAIN (Pitcher Abuse INdex) Rankings (no minimums for 2012 and 2013)
Any player with a PAIN value over 100 (red) has the traits of a pitcher likely to be hurt.
|Rank||Name||PAIN||IP (2013)||IP (2012)|
• Wily Peralta last start was skipped because of a pulled hamstring. A hamstring is not the arm injuries I look for with PAIN. He does have some classic arm injury signs. First, a lower velocity.
Next, a low Zone% (42.5%) which is lower than his 2012 value of 44.9%. Additionally, he is taking an extra 1.5 secs longer between pitches. Finally, he has been trying to find a consistent horizontal release point over the course of the season (1.5 ft difference).
Maybe the hamstring injury will give Peralta a chance to rest the injury which may be ailing his arm.
Players on the DL
(*) 15 Day Disabled List
(**) 60 Day Disabled List
(***) 7 Day Concussion List
Red colored entries are updates since last report.