The conquest of a new world began for Ben Joyce when the Los Angeles Angels opened the bullpen doors in the seventh inning Monday.
Preoccupied with containing the Chicago White Sox’s low shootout, he entered the field and overcame the situation after a 12-pitch inning in which he struck out a pair of opponents as the scene of his first major league litmus test.
The sensational? she turned 11 balls in shipments with a speed greater than 100 miles per hour. There was no effective response from opposing bats, missing three of five swing attempts. And, in this way, a new challenge stands in the way of the major leaguers who have not yet achieved productivity against balls with powerful travel.
The rise of fast pitching found Cuban reliever Aroldis Chapman as a referencewho established the Guinness in September 2010, making the trend one that continues to rise and against which hitters do not quite accommodate.
Execute a cast with trip above 95 mph ends in success most of the timeas shown by the .239 average against fastballs (fastball, sinker or cutter) by offenses in the first two months of the current season.
AND when it is possible to exceed the three-digit mark on the radaras Joyce did during the first demonstration of his career, the chances where offense gets hit are as minuscule as the .170 percentage.
The opposite case occurs immediately that these pitches have a lower trajectory than the one mentioned, because in this event the batters make the adjustment to thunder under the showy .280.
Specifically, the perennial need to exceed the 95 mileage is on the fastball, because at lower speeds the success that shows the slugging percentage of .491 increases.
The cutter option offers more dynamism, delivering a 16.7 percent strikeout rate when thrown below threshold.
The reason is in the particularities of the pitching, looking similar to the slider but with an inferior falling movement.
In summary, high speed continues to impose itself on sluggers who do not have the ability to reactso that new phenomena such as Joyce could produce aggravating factors.
Before, he has the need to boost secondary shipments that allow him a combination without abusing the fastball.