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  1. 1st Pitch: Who's hot in June?

    Ryan McCrystal, ESPN Stats and Info

    Quick Hits: The weather is heating up and so are the hitters. Here's a look at a few players who are crushing the ball in the month of June. Marlon Byrd is batting .516 (16-31) this month, raising his average on the season to .329. Victor Martin...

    Blog | June 11, 2010
  2. 1st Pitch: What's wrong with the O's?

    Ryan McCrystal, ESPN Stats and Info

    Quick Hits: The Orioles parted ways with Dave Trembley today. Let's take a look at what else they'll need to fix in order to become competitive again. Their starting pitchers are 9-27 with a 4.91 ERA, 4th worst in the majors. They've converted ni...

    Blog | June 04, 2010
  3. 1st Pitch: More perfect performances

    Ryan McCrystal, ESPN Stats and Info

    Quick Hits: We've essentially had three perfect games thrown this season, but Braden, Halladay and Gallaraga aren't the only players who have been perfect. Here are a few others: Luke Gregerson leads the majors with 17 perfect relief appearances of...

    Blog | June 03, 2010
  4. 1st Pitch: Pitchers vs 7-8-9 hitters

    Ryan McCrystal, ESPN Stats and Info

    Quick Hits: One of the simple keys to success for a pitcher is quickly retiring the bottom third of the order. So it should come as no surprise that the pitchers who struggle with 7-8-9 hitters are having disappointing seasons. Rich Harden has allo...

    Blog | June 02, 2010
  5. Is Heyward too patient at the plate?

    Ryan McCrystal, ESPN Stats and Info

    Prior to the start of the season the buzz around Jason Heyward was as much about his plate discipline as his power potential. Every few years we come across a rookie who makes an immediate impact with his power, but it typically takes a few years to ...

    Blog | June 01, 2010
  6. 1st Pitch: Splendid Splitters

    Ryan McCrystal, ESPN Stats and Info

    Quick Hits: According to Inside Edge, Ubaldo Jimenez threw 13 split-fingered fastballs on Monday. Hitters swung at seven of them and failed to put any of them in play. On the season, opponents are batting just .185 against Jimenez's splitter. Here's ...

    Blog | June 01, 2010
  7. 1st Pitch: Hitters sad to see May go

    Ryan McCrystal, ESPN Stats and Info

    Quick Hits: We're all well aware of David Ortiz's May resurgence. But here are a few other hitters who will be sad to see the calendar turn to June. Mike Fontenot is batting .378 in May, over 100 points higher than his career BA of .274 Tra...

    Blog | May 31, 2010
  8. 1st Pitch: Who's hot?

    Ryan McCrystal, ESPN Stats and Info

    Quick Hits: Here's a look at some hitters who have been hot in certain situations over the past two weeks: Chipper Jones has a .632 OBP and a 1.232 OPS with RISP. Billy Butler is batting .522 (12-23) in at bats ending in fastballs. Mike...

    Blog | May 28, 2010
  9. Who are the biggest rally killers in baseball?

    Ryan McCrystal, ESPN Stats and Info

    With one out in the 8th inning on Wednesday, Joe Mauer came to the plate with men on the corners and the game tied at two. The Yankees chances of getting out of the inning without allowing a run seemed bleak. But last year's American League MVP groun...

    Blog | May 27, 2010
  10. 1st Pitch: Clutch pitching performances

    Ryan McCrystal, ESPN Stats and Info

    Quick Hits: Today in Quick Hits, let's take a look at some pitchers who rise to the occasion when faced with a tough situation. "3-4-5 hitters are 0-16 this season with RISP against Tim Hudson, easily the worst opponents BA in the majors. "To...

    Blog | May 27, 2010
  11. Q&A about "putaway pitches'

    Ryan McCrystal, ESPN Stats and Info

    Earlier this morning we took a look at the best "putaway pitches" in the game. We only listed the top seven fastballs, sliders, curves and changeups, so a few of you had questions about specific players that didn't show up among the leaders. Here are...

    Blog | May 26, 2010
  12. Who owns the best "putaway pitch"?

    Ryan McCrystal, ESPN Stats and Info

    Following Joe Nathan's injury this past March, Mark Simon introduced a stat which he labeled "putaway rate." He defined it as "the percentage of two-strike plate appearances that ended in strikeouts." Taking his idea a step further, we set out to de...

    Blog | May 26, 2010
  13. 1st Pitch: Looking at today's SP chase pct

    Ryan McCrystal, ESPN Stats and Info

    Quick Hits: A number of pitchers take the hill today who have found success this season getting hitters to chase pitches out of the strike zone. Here's a look at a few of those guys... * Hitters are chasing Scott Baker's fastball out of the zone 26....

    Blog | May 25, 2010
  14. 1st Pitch: Hitters struggling with 2 strikes

    Ryan McCrystal, ESPN Stats and Info

    Quick Hits: Chris Coghlan went 0-6 with three strikeouts and was the Marlins only starter who failed to collect a hit on Sunday. In five of his at-bats he found himself in a two-strike count, a situation where he has struggled all season, batting jus...

    Blog | May 24, 2010
  15. 1st Pitch: Can't slip sliders by these guys

    Ryan McCrystal, ESPN Stats and Info

    Quick Hits: Will Venable went 3-3 with two doubles and a triple off sliders from Jeff Weaver and Ramon Ortiz last night. The performance raised Venable's average vs sliders this season to .474 - third highest in the majors. Let's take a look at some ...

    Blog | May 20, 2010
  16. 1st Pitch: Hitters who love the slow stuff

    Ryan McCrystal, ESPN Stats and Info

    Quick Hits: Yesterday in Quick Hits we took a look at batters who are crushing fastballs this season. Today we'll focus on guys who have excelled against off-speed pitches. * Joey Votto is batting .529 (9-17) against changeups. * Ryan Sweeney has y...

    Blog | May 19, 2010