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Kershaw8217s Hard Slider

25 Aoû 2017 à 12:18pm

As Dave Cameron wrote earlier today, Clayton Kershaw dominated last Everson Griffen Jersey nights Opening Day pitching matchup with Tim Lincecum. Over seven innings he struck out nine while quitting just four hits, one walk and no runs. Dave noted that in the broadcast Orel Hershiser mentioned the Dodgers were hoping to find Kershaw to throw his slider with increased velocity this season. Plus, during the game, the slider looked great to me, and so i desired to use the Ryan Quigley Jersey trusty PITCHf/x data to determine what was happening.

It does look like those sliders were faster than those he threw last year on average. Last nights sliders average 84.0 mph in contrast to just 81.4 mph this past year. On top of that a third of these last night were quicker than 85mph, in Justin Coleman Jersey contrast to merely a number of last years slider over 85 mph. None of Kershaws sliders yesterday was under 80mph over a fair fraction last year. However Kershaw had three games last year as he average a minimum of 84mph on his slider: April 13th, April 24th and could 4th.

So compared to his average slider last year he was throwing quite a bit harder, though not outside the arena of what he did during some extreme games last year. As Dave noted maybe this tough slider (almost cut fastball) could Jabari Price Jersey be more effective against right-handed batters than the usual big sweeping slider. Last night that was certainly the case; Kershaw threw 12 sliders to right-handed batters and got three swinging strikes, three fouls, two called strikes, two outs in play and two balls.

Obviously, that's a tiny sample size. But this potential hard slider is definitely a aspect to keep on eye on with Kershaw within Moritz Bohringer Jersey the 2011 season, because if he is doing develop a highly effective secondary pitch against right-hand batters (his changeup isnt great) he could erase a part of his huge platoon split.


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