How Did Superstar Pitchers Recover from April Velocity Declines in 2012?

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How Did Superstar Pitchers Recover from April Velocity Declines in 2012?
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Tim Lincecum's velocity was down from the get-go in 2012.

Over the next few weeks, you're going to be hearing a lot about scary, scary radar gun readings that spell doom for your favorite star pitchers.

But when you hear about these radar gun readings, how scared should you actually be?

Bill Petti of FanGraphs would advise you not to worry too much about low velocity in April. He's done a number of studies on velocity, including one last July in which he concluded that pitchers losing velocity in April "isn't insignificant" but is also "less worrisome" relative to velocity losses in other months. 

I don't have the mathematical know-how to even dare to contradict that conclusion, but I was curious to see if velocity struggles from last April ended up being a sign of things to come for a select few superstars.

If you'll follow me this way, we'll take a look back at a group of 15 pitchers.

Note: Stats within courtesy of FanGraphs.

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