Today’s chart doesn’t need a lot of explanation. We’re looking at the type of pitches each Braves hitter has seen (through Sunday).
Francoeur has seen the most fewest fastballs, followed by Anderson and Diaz, presumably because opposing pitchers know they will swing at virtually anything. Schafer, on the other hand, was probably seeing the most fastballs because he couldn’t hit them at all.
It’s hard for me to infer much else. Perhaps Chipper sees so many fastballs because he’s often being pitched around. I’m open to other interpretations.
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I’m assuming you meant to say that Francoeur has seen the fewest fastballs, not the most, or else I must be really confused about the chart.
Common sense would lead me to guess that fastballs get thrown in the strike zone more often than other pitches. (Do you know if the data supports this?) So, exactly like you said, it would only make sense that Francoeur sees the fewest fastballs, since opposing pitchers surely realize by now that there’s no real reason to throw him strikes.
It’s also interesting that the two oldest hitters (Anderson and Chipper) see more than their fair share of changeups. Any ideas?
Yep, that’s what I meant.
I haven’t seen any data to support that fastballs are thrown more often for strikes, but it certainly would make sense.
I was trying to reach some other conclusions, but it was quite difficult. I noticed that about Chipper and Garret as well, and it’s very interesting because Chipper sees so many more fastballs. I don’t really have an answer, I guess.