Bronson Arroyo Pitch Speed
Last nights game against the Cardinals
Looks like he was able to hit 90MPH on the radar consistantly and throughout the entire game. Even at pitch 112 it shows a 90 MPH fastball.
Previous start April 23rd against the Astros
As you can see on this chart he hits the 90's just a few times and only very early in the game. Of his last 30 or so pitches the fastest one hit 87 MPH
Also, there is a small difference in his release point. Bronson usually will release his pitches from many different arm slots throughout the game. It looks like he did that much better against the Cardinals.
If you look closely they are different. Against the Astros almost all of them are clustered in one area with another very small area consisting of just three pitches. However against the Cardinals he continued to change his release point both horizontally and vertically.
Is release point one of the keys to Arroyo's success?
vs. Brewers (4 Runs)
vs. Phillies (5 Runs)
He did keep his pitch velocity up better in the Phillies game than he did against the Astros. Still wasn't doing as well as he did against the Cardinals.
Release point vs. D-Backs
Speed vs. D-Backs
Didn't have his speed or his release angle on either of those games.
Just looking over all of his games pitched this year we notice these things.
- Arroyo hasn't been able to consistently hit 90+ on the gun until the game against the Cardinals.
- His release point (specifically his vertical release) has had almost no variation throughout all of the games besides the Cardinals.
- Against the Cardinals it is appartent that there was a sizeable gap in the vertical release point.
- The combination of varying his release point and keeping his fastball in the 90's is the key to Arroyo's success.