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|Posted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:37 am Post subject: Jose Valverde8217s Ground Assault
|For most of his major league career, Jose Valverde has relied upon pure, unadulterated capacity to close out games. Delivering sizzling fastballs from the calm, unhurried motion that contrasts using the wild leaping and fist pumps that follow it from the final out, Valverde Kenny Cook Jersey has punched out 10.7 batters per nine innings, i suing 3.62 BB/9 and posting a 3.48 xFIP in the bigs.
The former Diamondback and Astro inked a two-year, $14 million hire the Detroit Tigers earlier this winter, having a $9 million club choice for the 2012 season. Papa Grande hasnt been scored upon since April 7th, a stretch of 23 appearances. Clearly, Valverde continues to be the beneficiary of good fortune hes got a 0.37 ERA, due mainly to a Houdini-like .136 BABIP, a 96.6 percent rate of stranding base runners and a 7.7 homer Anthony Sherman Jersey per fly ball rate. For comparison, Valverdes got a career .280 BABIP, a 79.3 left on base rate along with a 10.4 homer per fly ball rate. But his xFIP, 3.59, is appropriate in line with his previous work. Same old Valverde, right?
Not really. In the past, the 6-4, 250 pound righty has been by pointing out fastball. He threw his heater in exce s of 80 percent in 2005 and 2006, and used the pitch more than three-quarters of the time within the 2007-2008 seasons. However, theres a clear alternation in Valverdes pitching approach as of late:
(note: his Pitch F/X numbers dont show exactly the same changes in pitch usage. However, since pitches Pitch F/X cla sifies as fastballs have decreased several MPH this year, with a sharp decrease in vertical movement, Im inclined to think the machine is lumping a lot of splitters in with the fastballs.)
After gradually decreasing his fastball usage in support of a mid-80s splitter over the past few seasons, Valverdes percentage of heaters thrown has fallen sharply in 2010. Hes now to sing his fastball a little over 50 % of time, going to his tumbling off-speed pitch over 44 percent. Valverdes fastball sat at 93-94 MPH as he was airing it with great frequency, but the pitch has parked at 95-96 MPH recently.
The result of Valverdes shift in pitching philosophy? Much more contact and ground balls than in years past. This year, opponents are putting the bat on the ball from the 32-year-old stopper 79.1 % of the time, Dustin Colquitt Jersey over a career 70.1 percent average. Valverdes swinging strike rate, 14.4 percent during his career, is just 7. Sanders Commings Jersey 9 percent in 2010. His walk rate (3.7 BB/9) is actually unchanged, but his 6.66 K/9 is by far the lowest mark of his big league tenure.
While hes not mi sing bats, Valverde has become an extreme ground ball pitcher. Having a 68.3 GB%, Valverde trails only San Diegos Ryan Webb and Atlantas side-arming Au sie, Peter Moylan, among qualified relievers. Thats quite the contrast to his career rate of grounders, 39 percent.
Amazing luck aside, Jose Valverdes answers are in line together with his previous work. However the proce s behind those results has been drastically different. Rather than having a fastball-centric, high K strategy rarely involving infielders, Valverde is going off-speed often and burning worms like few others.