Originally Posted by jojo
The most important thing to remember is the number 22. That's the total number of innings that can be used to support an argument that Broxton is different, aka better. Truthfully a narrative that he's become meaningfully different is really built upon 13 innings in September.
Also, Broxton's velocity did NOT increase as the season progressed. Based upon pitch f/x data, here are his fastball velocities each month of the season beginning with April: 95.8, 96, 95.6, 96.2, 95.1, 95.2, 96.1. His velocity simply did not increase substantially, and lets be clear several mph would be a boon for a pitcher, over the first four months of the season.
Interesting. The velocity is a bit less in July and August, Broxton's worst two months.
While his velocity didn't suddenly improve much in September, Brox wasn't a bad closer earlier in the year. With the rust off, with a new pitch, with a good infield defense (ground ball pitcher), if things go right he can be a good closer.
No sure thing, but could work out for the Reds.