“On a historical basis, a decade from now, we’ll be looking back saying, ‘That was the highest route efficiency that’s ever been captured in baseball.’”
No matter how you spin it, some guys are faster than others. Newly released data from MLB’s Statcast give us a new depth of insight into just how quickly one can get from A to B, and just how much that matters. (It does; it’s not all that does.)
We already know that Aroldis Chapman can throw harder than anyone in the history of baseball—unless you buy that story about Bob Feller, who was badass, throwing a pitch 107 mph one time—but the Yankees’ closer was throwing particularly hard last night.
Giancarlo Stanton’s season has been something of a nightmare. He’s hitting just .197, slugging .426, and his strikeout rate is an astronomically high 35 percent. He recently went through a stretch in which he struck out 17 times in 21 at-bats. It’s been a bad season, okay? It’s bad. Stanton does still have one thing…
Aroldis Chapman throws the baseball very fast. So fast, in fact, that he ruined MLB.com’s Statcast Leaderboard. That’s where MLB shows a glimpse of the data from its player-tracking technology, listing the leaders in a bunch of categories. One is fastest pitch, and the problem was that the 50 fastest pitches this…
We love us some Lorenzo Cain. The Royals' speedy outfielder made his presence felt yet again yesterday, robbing J.J. Hardy of certain extra bases in yesterday's 6-4 win. And thanks to some fancy technology from MLBAM, we can quantify just how good he is at what he does.