There were 52 pitchers in the MLB who tallied 150+ strikeouts during the 2013 season. Yu Darvish led the way in his second Major League season with 277 punchouts. Cole Hamels, Matt Harvey and Julio Teheran got batters to swing at over 50% of their pitches! Harvey would make 12.5% of those a swing and a miss! Only Francisco Liriano and Darvish made more bats miss!
- R.A. Dickey threw a fastball just 12% of the time and averaged 81.9 miles per hour on the gun
- His knuckleball fooled hitters 87% of the time floating around at 75 mph
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- Only Adam Wainwright, Stephen Strasburg, Jose Fernandez, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister threw a curve 20% or more
- 14 starters mixed it in less than 10%
- A.J. Griffin's curve clocked in under 70 mph on average
- Matt Harvey devistated hitters with a 83 mph curve 13.4% of his pitches.
- James Shields, Cole Hamels and Anibal Sanchez relied on it for 24% of their pitches
- 18 pitchers used this pitch less than 10% of the time
- Scott Kazmir, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Derek Holland and Chris Sale had the greatest pitch speed differential between fastball and changeup in the double digits.
- Ervin Santana, John Lackey, Yu Darvish, Francisco Liriano and Madison Bumgarner were the only guys to use it at least 30% of the time
- They averaged anywhere from 81-88 mph
- Matt Harvey threw the hardest slider on average at 90mph and used that pitch 18.5% of the time
- Chris Sale clocked in at just 78.5 mph on his slider and used it to his advantage on 29.6% of his pitches
- That's after seeing his 93 mph high stinky cheese
- Patrick Corbin was the only other to throw a slider under 80mph
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- Dan Haren uses the cutter nearly as much as his fastball
- Adam Wainwright, Jon Lester, James Shields and Cliff Lee went to this pitch more than 20% of the time
- 10 pitchers went to the split finger
- Hisashi Iwakuma and Hiroki Kuroda throw it over 20%