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by Eno Sarris - May 28, 2013
I saw Tyler Skaggs. He was 89-90 on the fastball, the curve was good, but the changeup sucked. I saw Tyler Skaggs.
What? That’s his changeup now? And he was 92-93? Who’s this?
Well, PitchFX says his average FB was 89.5 last night, so your 89-90 nailed it.
Brooks had it at 91, and it started out 92-93, but yeah he didn’t keep it all the way through the start.
I was at Skaggs’ game last night. The Rangers hit 4-5 balls right on the nose that were just hit right at guys. He was a little lucky. The thing that makes me nervous about Skaggs is his margin for error is very small. His FB is not electric so it has to be perfectly placed. His curveball has to be ON and thrown for strikes, not just be his out pitch thrown in the dirt. His change-up has improved which gives him a better chance than before but he’ll have bad outings to go with the good outings when all those hard-hit balls don’t find gloves. I’m not seeing a TOR guy here, maybe a 3 on the high side and more likely a 4-5 in a good rotation. And I’m a Dbacks fan so I’m biased.
I drove up the 5 to Oakland this weekend and my buddy asked, “How was the drive?” I said, “I touched 110, but sat at 90. I dropped some 70 changes on CHP, and worked In n Out at Kettlemen.”
It looks like a solid change, which is probably all we’re asking for from Skaggs… but I’ve seen the Gausman changeup and can’t get myself at all worked up about this GIF.
you DID gif the pitch I was talking about!!! eno on twitter = awesome
john b is right though…a very misleading era/fip/etc…is there a metric that considers hard-hit balls?
the two doubles missed being homers by less than a couple feet
two balls were SCORCHED line drives that went right into the centerfielder’s mitt
and prado robbed elvis of a hit on a scorched one-hopper