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Max Muncy Los Angeles Dodgers

My question: Why don't the players, especially the pitchers, talk about this?

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 11

The key paragraphs:

MLB’s home run rate has fluctuated wildly in the last four seasons, driven primarily by a baseball that has varied between extremes of air resistance. As the aerodynamic drag on the baseball decreases, balls hit with the same exit velocity travel further, turning deep fly outs into dingers. 

In 2017, I came up with a way to measure the air resistance of the baseball using data from MLB’s pitch tracking system. By measuring the loss in speed of a pitch from when it leaves the pitcher’s hand to when it crosses the plate, it’s possible to ascertain how much drag acted on the baseball. This data showed conclusively that the baseball created the current home run era. MLB later acceded to this fact thanks to the work of a commission of scientists and statisticians who confirmed some of these findings.

One week into this year, I wrote that we were headed for some of the lowest air resistance and highest home run rates to date. The season certainly obliged, churning out a record-breaking home run total that shattered 2017’s prior highs. Air resistance was mostly consistent over the course of the season, remaining at a level just below 2017. 

Until October. In the last week’s worth of Division Series games, the drag coefficient spiked to a high it hadn’t regularly sat at since 2016. October days only contain a fraction of the games of a typical regular season night, but we’re still dealing with a sample of more than 800 fastballs to measure drag with. The probability that a random selection of games from the rest of the regular season would feature as much air resistance as we’ve seen so far in the postseason is about one in one thousand. This was an abrupt spike, as well: It’s the largest change in drag coefficient from week to week this season, by a factor of three. 

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 11

It begins:

On Monday, in game four of the NLDS, Max Muncy stepped up to bat against Nationals closer Sean Doolittle. On the fourth pitch, Doolittle left a 94 mile per hour fastball hanging over the center of the strike zone, and Muncy took a monstrous cut. The ball left the bat at 107 miles per hour on a 32 degree angle relative to the ground: a perfect home run trajectory. “That ball was absolutely crushed,” exclaimed Ernie Johnson after the play.

Then something unexpected happened. In a season with more than 6700 dingers, when a less air resistant ball has combined with stronger hitters to produce the highest home run rate in history, this fly ball wafted back to the warning track and fell into Michael Taylor’s glove. Muncy looked up to the sky, smiled, and shook his head.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 11

Sadly, sharing the BP link below does not get us free riders over the paywall...

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Oct 11

Three balls last night that I thought were going out, and so did the batters who hit them:

Meadows in the third

Correa in the fourth

Gurriel in the eighth

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 11
Alex Bregman Houston Astros

Describing Gerrit Cole: "He's got every pitch in every quadrant."

That's the perspective from third base. From home plate:  “That pitching staff the Rays have, that ball looks tiny and it’s coming in hot and it is moving everywhere.’’

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 11
Gerrit Cole Houston Astros

In his last 24 starts he's 18-0.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 11
Howie Kendrick Washington Nationals

Casey Kotchman, Brandon Wood, and Howie Kendrick.  What a system the Angels had back then.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Oct 10
Gabe Kapler Philadelphia Phillies

The nerds take a big L.
Harper gets another manager fired.
Glad I'm not a Phillies fan.
Let's see what other rude takes I can manage on the news.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Oct 10
Max Muncy Los Angeles Dodgers

Can pitchers feel the difference in the seams, by the way? Why don't they talk about it?

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 10

If this article by Robert Arthur at BP can be shared on Facebook, it can be shared here.

https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/54306/moonshot-the-rocket-ball-has-disappeared-in-october/

Obviously Howie Kendrick didn't get the memo. But Muncy was shocked and so am I.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 10
Kevin Kiermaier Tampa Bay Rays

Unless Cole pulls a Foltynewicz, I don't see the Astros losing this game at home.

Mike Landau ML-
Oct 10
Tommy Pham Tampa Bay Rays

Today's Matchups to Watch

  • Tommy Pham vs. Gerrit Cole: 18 PA, .500/.500/.778, 1 HR
  • Aledmys Diaz vs. Tyler Glasnow: 11 PA, .300/.300/.900, 1 HR
  • Matt Duffy vs. Gerrit Cole: 14 PA, .154/.214/.154, 0 HR
  • Eric Sogard vs. Gerrit Cole: 17 PA, .133/.235/.200, 0 HR
  • Willy Adames vs. Gerrit Cole: 11 PA, .000/.091/.000, 0 HR

View All Possible Matchup Histories for Today

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 10
Kevin Kiermaier Tampa Bay Rays
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers fans trashed his jersey after last night's game. 

Has anyone ever read / written up something about how effective starters are as relievers in the post season?

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Oct 10
Howie Kendrick Washington Nationals
Jack Flaherty St. Louis Cardinals

Just drilled Acuna with a 13-1 lead.

Yes, I'm still watching!

I hope his mom cringed.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 9
Josh Tomlin Atlanta Braves

Braves made the largest error by only starting Mike Soroka once.  

John Hobbs Real-Joker
Oct 9

The 4th pitcher of the game secures the third out in the third inning.

Advertisers are demanding a refund.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 9
Ozzie Albies Atlanta Braves

Another ouch. This is awful.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 9

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