Jacob deGrom was pretty damn good in the NLDS game 1

Jacob deGrom outpitched Clayton Kershaw in game 1 of the Dodgers/Mets NLDS on October 9.

Jacob deGrom fastball locations, Oct 9

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Missed ball/strike calls in the ALDS

Umpire Vic Carapazza had a pretty bad day at the office when he umpired the Toronto Blue Jays/Texas Rangers ALDS game on October 9.

Called balls (blue) and strikes (red) for Oct 9

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Mark Buehrle retires

Mark Buehrle is best known for throwing the slowest fastball in baseball, but he retires as a solidly above-average pitcher because of his control and command of his pitches.

Mark Buehrle (red dot) fastball velocity vs all other pitchers (at least 500 fastballs)

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Is Travis Shaw for real?

Travis Shaw has looked effective at first base, but is he really the answer, or has he mostly been lucky?

Travis Shaw hit preferences by pitch family

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Henry Owens’ changeup

Henry Owens has been inconsistently effective this year, but his changeup remains a potent weapon.

Henry Owens changeup locations, 2015

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Rich Hill looks like an unexpected ace

Rich Hill’s career has been notable mainly for injuries, but his 2015 starts at the age of 35 have been very impressive.  His curve has been particularly excellent:

Rich Hill’s curve vs fastball

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Xander Bogaerts in 2015

Xander Bogaerts was a model of offensive consistency in 2015.

Xander Bogaerts: Rolling 10-game averages in 2015

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