I got sick and haven't been right since.
I was looking way too much into distractions this year, and they were eating at me …. I was looking too much on the business side and I never got back to being me.
- Bases empty: .359 wOBA against (.290/.353/.475). Think: Brandon Belt, Lucas Duda, Curtis Granderson
- Men on base: .409 wOBA (.296/.370/.604). Think: Slightly worse than Miguel Cabrera
- Men in scoring position: .427 wOBA (.307/.417/.600). Think: Joey Votto
|Pitch||2014 Swinging Strike Rate||2015 Swinging Strike Rate||Year-over-Year Change|
One pitch clearly stands out: Norris’ change-up. It didn’t fool batters nearly as much as it did in years prior. Perhaps this is because Norris located it poorly. His change-up was in the strike zone just 41.2% of the time in 2014. This jumped to 58.3% of the time in 2015. I don’t know how often a change-up is supposed to be in the zone, but my sense is that it’s not supposed to be. Since a change-up acts like a fastball that isn’t as fast, if it’s in the zone a hitter can probably get more muscle around on it than if it dips low. I would guess this is even more true if the pitch is not only in the zone, but up.
Year-over-year Norris’ change-up landed higher in the zone:
|Year||Pitch value per 100 pitches (runs)|