Often, one of the biggest problems with young pitchers is that they do not perform well in high-pressure situations. Kelly is no different.
With the bases empty, Kelly limits his opponents to just a .273 batting average. However, when runners are in scoring position, this number jumps to .350.
His stats are equally diverse when he’s ahead of the batter. Not only do nearly all of his strikeouts come when he’s ahead of the count, but opponents are only batting .243 in these situations.
Having said that, when he’s behind in the count, batters are hitting .385 against him. These spreads are typical among pitchers, but not typically this drastic.
Another telling split is looking at how Kelly pitches in scenarios with different outs.
With more outs in the inning, Kelly seems to be more confident in himself. With zero outs, opponents are hitting .381. With one out, .296. With two outs, .281.
His strikeout totals are also higher with two outs. In only 7.1 innings, Kelly has eight strikeouts.
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