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pitcher and batter pitch f/x

(This may have been posted already...but) There is a lot of cool pitch location data here by Josh Kalk, not only for pitchers but also for batters. (Not to deny your great f/x graphs, Xanthan.) My quick impression of a few Giants players:

Randy Messenger seems to hang a lot of curves and sliders, while the change-up seems to break too far in or down to be effective.

Lincecum has nice location on his change-up. Lowry used to have a great change-up.  Now it seems from this graph that about a third are hanging up over the plate.  Also, the release point on his slider drops down a little - could be tipping batters off.  Likewise, Correia seems to drop the slot down a couple inches on his change-up.  

Check out how many of Zito's curves have a 15-17 inch drop.  But quite a few hangers there too.  

On the batting side, look how effective a sinker, split, or cut-fastball was against Barry last year.  Ortmeier was swinging at too many high pitches and couldn't hit a slider.  But he picks up the change very well.

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