Zack Greinke is ridiculously good

Zack Greinke can beat you with any one of 5 excellent pitches, and if he also wants to humiliate you he might throw you an eephus pitch too.

Zack Greinke and the eephus pitch (Sept 1, 2015)

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Jacke Bradley Jr has trouble with down-and-out pitches

Bradley adjusted his mechanics and started hitting the inside fastball. Pitchers counter-adjusted and have been pitching him down and out. Bradley will need to reach those pitches if he is to be a productive major-league hitter.

Fastballs to JBJ before, during, and after his breakout month

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What’s Wrong With Junichi Tazawa?

A couple days after I asked What’s Wrong With Setup Man Junichi Tazawa?, the Red Sox announced that he would be shut down for the rest of the year due to overwork.

Junichi Tazawa fastball location, first vs. second half

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Wade Davis is a pretty good pitcher

Kansas City Royals Setup Man Wade Davis is having yet another superb year.

Wade Davis: Fastball vs cutter to right-handed batters

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Rusney Castillo is solid

Rusney Castillo understandably looked a little rusty at the start of the season, but is looking like an above-average batter and defender now.  I wrote about him at Rusney Castillo is Rounding Into Form.

Rusney Castillo batting against various pitch types

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Rick Porcello is getting better results

I looked at what’s happened to Rick Porcello’s pitches on his return from the DL (Red Sox Starter Rick Porcello Can Still Be Dominant)

 

Rick Porcello: Spin direction and pitch speed per game in 2015

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