Velocity Charts of the Week

» 17 June 2010 » In npb »

A couple of velocity charts this week jumped out at me:

  • Eulogio de la Cruz made his Yakult debut on June 15, and showed great velocity but bad command. Case in point: he hit 158 kmph on the gun, but it was on a fastball in that dirt.
  • Another Yakult pitcher, Yoshinori, hit Rakuten with a barrage of fastballs last Sunday. He too showed strong velocity, but had very few strikeouts to show for it.

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  1. Patrick
    17/06/2010 at 8:56 am Permalink

    You do realize those numbers come from Jingu guns, don’t you?

  2. Patrick
    17/06/2010 at 8:58 am Permalink

    Yoshinori’s are from the K-Sta gun. And the interesting thing about his chart for me is that he only threw fastballs for his first 39 pitches.

  3. Patrick
    17/06/2010 at 9:41 am Permalink

    Here are highlights of that game.

    42-year-old Yamasaki is the only hitter who nailed Yoshinori’s straight second time around that day.

  4. Patrick
    17/06/2010 at 4:35 pm Permalink

    Jingu’s guns aren’t ALWAYS fast, although I found myself a little suspicious of Hirokazu Sawamura’s supposed 157 in a game a few weeks back.

    Does the fact that De La Cruz was throwing all of that through pouring rain change anything? I have no idea, but it seems like the rain and wind could have affected either the gun or the pitches themselves, really…

  5. Patrick
    17/06/2010 at 9:42 pm Permalink

    I would say the rain would be more likely to affect command than velocity, but de la Cruz always had great velocity and bad command in the States too.