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View Full Version : Johnny Cueto's change up leads to Cy Young caliber season



dougdirt
08-07-2012, 01:45 PM
http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/94911/

While he may have been a tad bit more lucky than good last year, he has improved his peripherals with the increased usage of his change up. The pitch was a solid secondary offering over the past few years, being thrown between 9-11% of the time, but he has upped the usage of his change up to 19.1% this season as he has reduced the reliance on his fastballs and slider.

Cueto also has not been afraid to attack right-handed hitters with the change up. Last season, he threw just 43 change ups to right-handed hitters. This year he has already thrown 120 change ups to righties, good for 12% of his pitches to right-handed batters. With the added frequency against right-handers, his whiff rate is up to 10.8% — the highest of any of his pitches — compared to last year’s 2.3% whiff rate, which was the lowest of any of his offerings. And not coincidentally, where Cueto has derived most of his value this season has been against right-handed batters, who have just a .236 wOBA against him this season compared to lefties who have a .325 mark.

Plenty more at the link above.

RedEye
08-08-2012, 12:39 AM
Great stuff. Thanks for posting. Could perhaps rejuvenate the "Is Cueto really an ace?" thread as well.