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Postby chadlincoln » Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:58 am

j24jags wrote:
suppasonic wrote:Last Year players with 100+ velocity pitches

Player - Number of Pitches

DCab - 37
Farnsworth - 14
McClung - 11
Jenks - 10
Harden - 4
Sabathia - 4
FranCordero- 2
7 tied with 1

NL:
BillyWag- 18
Burnett 17
Beckett - 3
Looper 2
Wood 2
Farnsworth 1
Lidge 1
Turnbow 1
Zambrano 1

great info thanks ;-D
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Postby johnsamo » Mon Apr 24, 2006 3:55 pm

stil... the best pitch in baseball is a strike. These days, good hitters can time a hurler if that's all he's got.
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Postby Yoda » Mon Apr 24, 2006 4:00 pm

Yeah we go ga ga over a 100 MPH pitch but how many HOF pitchers actually threw that hard?

I think it's very cool to see who has the fastest pitch but best pitchers are the ones who can mix speeds and change locations. This is why despite an average 85 MPH fastball, Pedro will be a top 5 starting pitcher once again.
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Postby StudentOfTheGame » Mon Apr 24, 2006 6:54 pm

I know it isn't everything, but I really believe velocity matters. Pitchers who throw hard can over power guys and live up in the strike zone....If Finnesse pitchers make a mistake up with their fastball, its toast.
Also, if a player is aware that the pitcher has a 98 plus mph fastball, he is probably going to speed his bat up a little, and this makes the batter more suseptible to the breaking pitch.

So in that way, velocity does matter...

However, I think that the most important thing when it comes to pitching is having two pitches(fastball and a breaking ball) that you can consistantly throw over for strikes and locate within the strikezone. Locating the fastball within the zone is huge.
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Postby Yoda » Mon Apr 24, 2006 7:08 pm

It should also be noted that guys who tend to throw that hard seem to have more arm related injuries.
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Postby bceagles04 » Mon Apr 24, 2006 7:17 pm

Lets look at Greg Maddux as a perfect example of someone who doesnt throw hard...yet he is up their with the all-time greats.

Maddux does all the little things and has gotten his pitching down to a science. Sure his heat is not so hot...but he knows exactly where its going...I think people put way too much stress on how fast people can throw...

DCabrera sure can throw fast, but I love that 2.45 whip
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Postby StudentOfTheGame » Mon Apr 24, 2006 7:24 pm

bceagles04 wrote:Lets look at Greg Maddux as a perfect example of someone who doesnt throw hard...yet he is up their with the all-time greats.

Maddux does all the little things and has gotten his pitching down to a science. Sure his heat is not so hot...but he knows exactly where its going...I think people put way too much stress on how fast people can throw...

DCabrera sure can throw fast, but I love that 2.45 whip


Lets look at some of the best pitchers today

Carpenter(Throws 94 mph gas)
Peavy(Mid 90s heat)
Oswalt(Can get it up there around 96-97)
Harden(95-100)
Sheets(mid 90s)
King Felix(97-100)
Randy Johnson(Still throws around 94)
Johan(95-96)

There are a few exceptions yes, but the most dominant starting pitchers of today throw hard.
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