Tsuyoshi Wada Pitching Data

» 26 April 2009 » In npb, pitching »

Last week, I asked readers for suggestions on which pitchers to look at in my velocity charts series. Based the responses I got, here’s the order I’m going in:

  1. Tsuyoshi Wada
  2. Toshiya Sugiuchi
  3. Top closers: Kyuji Fujikawa, Takahiko Mahara, Hitoki Iwase
  4. Tetsuya Utsumi
  5. A look at Nippon Ham’s secondary pitchers: Sakamoto, Tadano, and Sweeney

You can see all the velocity charts I’ve done so far here.

So let’s take a look at Wada’s most recent outing, a loss to the Rakuten Eagles in which he was outdueled by Satoshi Nagai. Here’s Wada’s velocity chart:

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And a break down of his pitches:

result/pitch Changeup Curveball Fastball Forkball Slider Grand Total
Ball   1 20 11 10 42
Double         1 1
Flyball Hit         1 1
Flyout     4 1 1 6
Foul 1   23 7 4 35
Foul Bunt     1     1
Groundout     1 3 2 6
Home Run     1     1
Line Drive Hit     1 1   2
Lineout         1 1
Sacrifice     1     1
Strike Looking   1 14 2 4 21
Swinging Strike     10 3 1 14
Walk     1     1
Grand Total 1 2 77 28 25 133

I was surprised to see how much Wada relies on his fastball, and how many strikes he gets with it. I didn’t see this game, but I’m inferring that he uses his slider and fork to set up his fastball. He also only threw three off-speed breaking pitches.

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