Re: Richie Gardner
I think fastball speed is one of the most overused stats that I have seen. I think radar guns are slightly off but I think more of your fastball depends on your stride. For example look at Harang, his fastball sits around the 90-92 range but if you watch where his stride is compared to other pitchers he has a huge stride. This creates a closer release point to the plate which enables the fastball to get on a batter quicker. Homer is similar because of his long stride his 95 fastball is faster than what the gun says it is. The biggest thing is how the batter reacts to the fastball. As for the K/9 rate Santana's most recent start was a 9 inning complete game with 1 K. Couldn't that be a little overrated as well?