Offer mix changes submitted after the trading deadline: dilutants

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Yesterday, I took a look at some newbies who did this Changed their pitch combination After being traded halfway through the season. Today, I finish the set. These are the loyalists who have changed their pitch selection the most in a month after joining new teams. One note: since balms throw out fewer tones, the variance in their mix is ​​greater; A few extra sliders to get the feel of it in a random game can helpfully weight percentages. I’m focusing on five painkillers that have made interesting changes, but you can add others to the list.

Le TrevinoThe Yankees of New York

Change: -12% four tailors, -6% change, +8% cut, +14% slip
Trivino is a rare, legitimate five-tone dramatist. The shifter, slider, plunger, cutter, and his four stitchers have thrown at least 10% of the time this year, mixing in a cross curve ball for good measure. The Yankees are working to change that.

Since he wore striped stripes, Trivino has gone down to three tones he uses at least 10% of the time: sinker, slider, and cutter. His slider is new this year, and one of the sweeping genres that’s getting a lot of rage these days, and he’s already taken to the field in Auckland, using roughly 20% of the time. He uses it more in New York; A third of the pitches he threw as a Yankee were slides.

Something had to be provided to accommodate those extra sliders, and Trevino did the normal thing: cut his four stitches, less than two speedballs. Its puncher also pairs better horizontally with the sweeping slider, which makes this a no-brainer. It’s not always as easy as throwing your best pitches – the slider seems like the best secondary move to me – but in this case, the combination of a sliding sinker/pitcher and a team that loves exactly these guys makes perfect sense.

As for the drop change, I won’t read much into it. This is due to the state of the platoon. He used A’s Trivino against the right and left – 61.6% of the hitters he encountered there were right-handers. In New York, this figure is as high as 70%, which means fewer opportunities to make an excellent change. His change rate to left hitter is almost unchanged.

This leaves only the cutter, which is interesting. With the Yankees, Trivino was using the cut/shift left-hand approach, going for the cutter nearly 40% of the time. This is no accident: yet lose shape Last year, the Trivino cutting machine came back to its formerly excellent shape. In essence, it wasn’t cutting it enough, so it showed a broken arm side, which is a way a cutter can’t be used. You want as much separation as possible from the “normal” fastball; Any run on the side of the arm is simply moving the ball towards where your opponent expects it to go. With the Yankees, he’s getting more movement on the side of the gauntlet, and I think he’ll use more incisors against both the left and right as he gains comfort with it. In essence, this version of Trivino doesn’t look like Trivino for 2021 and pre-season; It’s a 2018-20 Trivino as well as a sweeping slider. Sounds good to me!

Scott EvrosThe Yankees of New York

Change: -8% diver, +6% four tailors
Never let it be said that the Yankees know only one way to change the painkillers. Before hitting the roster with a shoulder strain, Evros made a completely different change to fastball, nearly doubling his use of four strings. But it is not ordinary with four helpers:

Thanks to his armhole, the four-stranded tailor Evros looks like a diver. But it doesn’t look like for him sinker, which seems to be the key; In New York, Evros stopped throwing dips left and went almost entirely to Four Tailors instead. I think this has a lot to do with the shape and location of the stadium; Throwing a weight to the left of Effross’ low launch point means giving them a good look at the playing field that needs to be caught on the board to be effective.

I’m not sure Quad Tailor is objectively better, but I think it’s a smart change. Sidearmers throw in a ton of dips and not quite as many on the Four Sides, so hopefully the new creases will make opposing hitters uncomfortable. Evros doesn’t need help against the right, but it’s just the fact that bowlers with his overall profile struggle against left-handed hitters. Doing something to mitigate that weakness makes sense to me, especially if you can drive the new fastball, something Evros did with self-confidence.

David RobertsonPhiladelphia, Phyllis

Change: -11% Cutter, -6% Curve, +17% Sliding
The Yankee train keeps rolling, this time with an old friend rather than a new arrival. Robertson is the cutest/curved bowler and always has been. This year, though, he’s been playing with a new passer, and he’s been tossing in the field frequently since being traded to the Phillies in early August.

What gives? Although this is unsatisfactory, it is very difficult to tell. Robertson had already tried a slider while with the Cubs, and I’m not sure it’s a new pitch. He throws it with the same speed, rate of spin, and percentage of spin as his curve ball, although with a completely different break. In other words, it’s a curved ball in slider clothing, and it’s more versatile than the new pitch. Take a look at the movement profile of the two stadiums:

what’s going? This sounds like a change of pitch over a tweak. I like the straight curve ball more, for a fairly obvious reason: It has more overall break and therefore loses more bat. But the slider has a place, too. When hitters are looking for a curve ball, they are too low on the slider, which results in a lot of easy exits (five of the 29 balls hit against the field were popups). More than anything else, this seems like a rating issue; Take a look at the lone balls and sliders he threw in 2017, one of his most popular seasons:

Good. I think this is just a matter of rating. Robertson is a great dweller, whether you want to call his broken ball two pitches or one.

Rizel IglesiasAtlanta Braves

Change: -12% slider, +5% four lines, +9% change
I’ve included this because the absolute numbers are high, but there’s nothing to see here. Iglesias has faced more lefties as brave, so he uses his own change more. No change in pitch mix, just change of platoon. next one!

Chris MartinLos Angeles Dodgers

Change: -4% sinking, -4% ball bend, -4% change, +12% four tailors
Oh man, this is a delight. As we all know, smart teams hate fast balls. As we all know, the Dodgers are smart. Martin doesn’t throw that hard—it’s 94-96 mph, which is the average speed of a Savior these days. Naturally, the Dodgers made him throw more than four tailors and less than everything else, and he was exceptional for them, with a 2.51 ERA and 1.51 FIP.

Why make this change? That’s because Martin’s fastball is really good, obviously. Martin doesn’t get much of a ride on Fast Bowl. It doesn’t have an unusual shooting point, or a very shallow vertical approach angle that could make the pitch ramp up. What he has is defining leadership. His calling card moves the ball through the attack zone depending on his opponent. Here is his position against the right:

Not too shabby, but check its location against the left:

Martin keeps his fastball away from everyone, limiting their ability to lift and pull the ball. Since joining the Dodgers, he has had a severe tear on the field; An entire quarter of the fly balls opponents have hit against him since he arrived in Los Angeles hasn’t left the field. This is how you get the .176 BABIP and the expected call quality numbers to match.

Will this plan continue to work? I’m skeptical, but maybe I shouldn’t be. He only made 200 throws with the Dodgers. It is entirely possible that this is nothing more than an artifact the size of a sample. I am not saying that shooters cannot survive on site alone. For an example, look no further than Martin himself; He has never had a FIP above 4.00 in an entire Major League season, which results in excellent relief work every year. The pitch changes for Martin – but believe the talent, because there’s nothing in his history to suggest he’s going to stop striking anytime soon.