Oberholtzer’s Strike zone Plot and Bal.’s Subway® Restaurants

I, along with NotGraphs’ Mike Bates and SB Nation’s Bill Parker, am attending this year’s SABR convention in Philadelphia, PA. Before the official festivities kicked off, we spent a day in Baltimore, MD to catch an Astros/Orioles game. While walking around the fine city of Baltimore, we noticed that the town had a certain penchant for Subway restaurants. In short, downtown Baltimore has a shit-ton of them. We were unable to eat at any, so I can not give you a review. However, I can assume the meals would have been fresh, fit, or perhaps both.

Later that night, the Astros’ Brett Oberholtzer pitched a bit of a gem en route to a 11-0 routing of the Orioles — 7 IP, 3 H, 6 K, 0 R (1.22 FIP). This was particularly notable considering this was his first appearance in the major leagues as a starter.

This lead me to wonder — due mostly to a couple Natty Ohs Bohs and a considerable lack of sleep — what Oberholtzer’s strike zone plot would look like superimposed over a map of Baltimore’s Subway restaurants. The following is the (embiggenable) product:

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I take slight umbrage with the Google Map, as I saw way more Subway restaurants walking around downtown. Nevertheless, it does seem as if Oberholtzer’s strike zone plot does have some slight correlation to Subway locations, mainly the Lombardi St., Market Pl., Pratt St., and N Wolfe St. locations. I am unsure what the r2 of this would be, as I would have no idea how to calculate that, and this is a stupid premise to begin with.




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David G. Temple is the Managing Editor of TechGraphs and a contributor to FanGraphs, NotGraphs and The Hardball Times. He hosts the award-eligible podcast Stealing Home. Dayn Perry once called him a "Bible Made of Lasers." Follow him on Twitter @davidgtemple.


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MikeS
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MikeS
3 years 27 days ago

But did the umpire give him the call on the one at “H?”

tz
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tz
3 years 27 days ago

Is this the first in a “Subway Series” of superimposed plots?

If so, I suggest Jared Burton as the next featured pitcher.

steex
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steex
3 years 27 days ago

I hate when umps won’t give pitchers the call at Central & Biddle. This is more proof that it’s time for an automated strike zone with good driving directions.

Angel Hernandez
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Angel Hernandez
3 years 26 days ago

Be careful what you wish for, $%@#$!

If I get laid off, I’m applying to be the voice on your car’s GPS system!

steex
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steex
3 years 26 days ago

The joke is on you, Angel, I don’t have a GPS in my vehicle.

Michael Silberlng
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3 years 27 days ago

His $5-Swing Against seems sustainable.

kdm628496
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kdm628496
3 years 27 days ago

gotta love that National Ohemian

John
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John
3 years 26 days ago

Natty Boh’s bro. Not Ohs. It isn’t beer cereal. Unless you actually ate beer cereal.

Homer
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Homer
3 years 26 days ago

Beer Cereal. Make it happen.

DCisforBaseball
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3 years 26 days ago

Beereal. A tailgate staple.

Jaysin2013
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Jaysin2013
3 years 26 days ago

A couple of those pitches were off the plate…… as all Subway meals are eaten….. ah boy

Dick
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Dick
3 years 26 days ago

Subway restaurants walking around!?

edwinblume
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edwinblume
3 years 26 days ago

+1 for use of “embiggenable”

Miss Hoover
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Miss Hoover
3 years 26 days ago

You must be new here.

Lee lacy
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Lee lacy
3 years 23 days ago

Love the idea……it’s Lombard, not Lombardi

ettin
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ettin
3 years 23 days ago

If you zoom in closer you can see Mike Trout jumping over the wall and making a spectacular catch as he crashes through the Pratt street Subway front window.

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