I find few things more enjoyable during my day than scouring the Twitter universe and reading baseball updates. Tuesday’s lunch was especially enjoyable because I had leftovers from dinner with my parents the night before. Bringing home leftovers made me feel like I was back in college, which unfortunately for me was about 11 years go.
While I was eating my Virginia ham and mashed potatoes (seven out of 10 on the food coma scale afterwards), I came across a pretty interesting tweet from Boston Red Sox beat writer, Pete Abraham. Here was his tweet:
“So far I’ve had three #RedSox pitchers tell me they threw too many cutters last season. Was V-Mart too cutter happy? Sounds like it.”
That’s a pretty interesting tweet and certainly begs the question: Did Red Sox pitchers throw too many cutters last season?
While we don’t know who Abraham is referring to, we can do a comparison of pitch type percentage from one year to the next. Below is a chart that lists the Red Sox pitchers that were on the team last season and have returned this season, along with their *2009 cutter percentage and their 2010 cutter percentage.
While pitch type isn’t 100 percent accurate, it isn’t that far off either. And based on that, I kind of wonder what these Red Sox pitchers are talking about.
The only one that seems to have a legit case is Josh Beckett. Beckett saw his cutter percentage increase by 10 percent from 2009 to 2010. That’s a pretty big increase.
Jon Lester saw a three percent increase in cutter percentage from 2009 to 2010. Not a lot, but an increase none the less.
It might just be a “feel” thing for these three pitchers. Kind of like how I feel the NHL is irrelevant, but the numbers don’t prove that.
*Pitch type percentages courtesy of Fangraphs.com
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