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Best Pitches of the First Half of the 2011 MLB Season
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I detailed the best pitches of the 2010 season in March, and I got some interesting reactions and discussions, so I decided to list the five best pitches according to pitch type for this season.  

The pitch value data was created by Fangraphs.com. I will be using the statistic, wFA, which denotes the runs above average for a particular pitch—in this case a fastball.  

The wFA stat benefits starting pitchers and pitchers who throw a certain pitch more often, because the more often you throw a pitch, the better the chances are of it being successful.

Sometimes, PITCH/FX does not sort pitches into the right category. For example, Brandon Morrow’s splitter was categorized as a fastball. 

The first five slides will detail the best pitches from starting pitchers, but I reserved the last slide for the five best pitches from relievers.

Remember, these are the most successful pitches from this season, and are dependent on the pitcher's effectiveness and innings pitched this season. 

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