In the last MASH Report, I introduced SLOW which looks for hitters having problems catching up with fastballs. From now on, I will be looking at players on HURT and PAIN for my Monday/Tuesday post and then SLOW for my Thursday/Friday post. Today, I have three closers coming off the DL, several reports of hitters playing through injuries and some other tidbits.
• Michael Pineda is looking to return to the majors soon. A week ago, I looked at the data available on him so far during his rehab. I have found a bit more recent data on his return:
Pineda threw only three innings Sunday in a start for Trenton against Binghamton, the Mets’ Double-A affiliate. Pineda allowed four runs on four hits and four walks, striking out four. He gave up two home runs, throwing only 32 of his 67 pitches for strikes.
According to one scout, Pineda’s fastball ranged from 90-95 mph, sitting mostly around 92. The scout said Pineda fell behind too many hitters, was inconsistent with his fastball command, throwing “flat” fastballs that got very few swings and misses, exhibiting a “sluggish” demeanor on the mound.
The fastball velocity still looks to be down a few mph and he seemed to struggle throwing strikes. Temper expectations for him.
• Chris Perez‘s fastball velocity sits a little on the low side.
• J.J. Putz‘s fastball velocity is near a 3-year low.
Besides the low velocity, he has changed his release point.
• Rafael Betancourt‘s cutter speed is at a season high after his DL stint. Good news for him.
HURT (Hitter’s Under-performance from Recent Trauma) Rankings (all hitter with 100 PA in 2013 and 500 PA from 2010 to 2012)
Any player with a HURT value over 100 (red) has the traits of a batter playing through and injury.
|Rank||Name||HURT||PA (2010-2012)||PA (2013)|
• Melky Cabrera has finally been placed on the DL after playing through knee pain for almost the entire season. The main factor for the high HURT score was a halving of ISO. Additionally, his Speed Score and Contact rate are down.
• Aramis Ramirez is still dealing with his knee injury he went on the DL for earlier in the season.
Ramirez sprained his left knee in early April and missed 23 games while on the disabled list. Although he had three hits and climbed to one knock away from 2,000 for his career on Saturday, Ramirez has been playing through the lingering injury.
Just like Cabrera, all the signs existed which indicated an injury, drop in power, speed and contact rate.
• Jimmy Rollins is just entering the list for the first time (decline in power and speed, contact rate is up just a bit). He dealt with foot and hip injuries in mid June and they seem to still be bothering him.
PAIN (Pitcher Abuse INdex) Rankings (pitchers 25-years-old or younger, 60 IP in 2012, 30 Ip in 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)|
It’s not an injury. If it were, the Tigers would not be pitching him, rest assured. Not with as much as they have invested in the continuing health of his right arm.
For all pitchers with 120 IP in 2012 and 60 so far in 2013, he ranks 33 out 90. Yes, his velocity and Zone% are down, but not to level to level to be worried about. He is still throwing strikes over half the time. I think Verlander is seeing the aging effects of a 30-year-old instead of an injury.
Players on the DL
(*) 15 Day Disabled List
(**) 60 Day Disabled List
(***) 7 Day Concussion List
Red colored entries are updates since last report.
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