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Monday, June 04, 2012
Ernesto Frieri: Effectively Wild?
Fascinating piece at Call To The Pen about Ernesto Frieri's control. Excerpt:
There are two changes in Frieri’s game that could be leading to him being more effective despite being even wilder than before. Frieri is throwing his two-seamer over twice as much as he did with San Diego and surprisingly this hasn’t been off-set by a reduction in his four-seamer, but instead he’s reduced his slider usage by over half, according to Pitch f/x. His slider was never an effective pitch with the Padres, but he’s throwing it one MPH faster with the Angels, and this uptick in speed, coupled with his light use of the pitch has caused it to be more effective.