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Lincecum Pitch Values

We all know Tim Lincecum is totally ridiculously awesome.    He legitimately deserved his 2008 Cy Young and one can make  a legitimate argument that his 2009 season has been better so far (1.85 FIP vs 2.62 FIP).   However, have you ever wondered how Timmy is so good?  Well, the best baseball website on the planet,  fangraphs, has the answers for you.  I present below the value of each pitch type per 100 pitches lincecum throws for 2008 and 2009 as well as the % of each pitch he throws.

 

Credit to Xanthan for posting a similar fanshot 2 hrs earlier than my post.   I will keep mine up because I have a better format (and I spent 15 minutes on it)

 

 

Pitch Type

2008 % Thrown

2009 %  Thrown

Fastball

66.1

60.3

Curveball

13.7

18.4

Slider

1.7

3.8

Changeup

18.5

16.7

Pitch type

2008  run value above average per 100 pitches

2009  run value above average per 100 pitches

Fastball

1.11

-.38

Curveball

1.25

1.84

Slider

6.66

-1.13

Changeup

1.23

4.59

 

NB: The 2009 values obviously have a relatively small sample size compared to 2008

1.  For those of you wondering how the decreased velocity (about 2 mph) has effected Lincecum's success with his fastball, it has transformed it from a very good pitch to a below average one.

2.  Ignore the slider.  Lincecum throws far too few of them to glean anything from the above info (although he has increased the number he has thrown in 2009)

3. Lincecum Throws a lot of changeups.  His changeup is awesome.

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