MLB SCOREBOARD: SEPTEMBER 13, 2013

by Bill Chuck on September 14, 2013

AL
Indians 3, White Sox 1
Orioles 5, Blue Jays 3
Tigers 6, Royals 3
Red Sox 8, Yankees 4
A’s 9, Rangers 8
Rays 3, Twins 0
Astros 9, Angels 7

NL
Nationals 6, Phillies 1
Cubs 5, Pirates 4
Mets 4, Marlins 3
Padres 4, Braves 3
Brewers 5, Reds 1
Rockies 7, Diamondbacks 5
Giants 4, Dodgers 2

INTERLEAGUE
Cardinals 2, Mariners 1 (10)

The slider is a great pitch.

It’s the fastest breaking pitch thrown, but not as fast as a four-seam or two-seam fastball. It is faster than a curveball with a later horizontal break.

This season, batters are hitting .207/.249/.335 against the slider.

Pitchers who love the slider

Pitchers who have thrown the most sliders through 9/12/13
P
Yu Darvish (TEX) 1169
Madison Bumgarner (SF) 1108
Ervin Santana (KC) 1143
Bud Norris (BAL) 995
Ryan Dempster (BOS) 810
Ricky Nolasco (LAD) 832
Kyle Lohse (MIL) 747
Mat Latos (CIN) 726
Kevin Correia (MIN) 715
Matt Cain (SF) 748

Throwing it doesn’t mean throwing it well

Half of the top 10 have a higher BAA

Pitchers who have thrown the most sliders through 9/12/13
P AVG OBP SLUG
Yu Darvish (TEX) 1169 .151 .212 .236
Madison Bumgarner (SF) 1108 .215 .282 .321
Ervin Santana (KC) 1143 .170 .204 .307
Bud Norris (BAL) 995 .259 .295 .378
Ryan Dempster (BOS) 810 .275 .357 .468
Ricky Nolasco (LAD) 832 .181 .208 .295
Kyle Lohse (MIL) 747 .263 .297 .410
Mat Latos (CIN) 726 .182 .207 .268
Kevin Correia (MIN) 715 .267 .306 .462
Matt Cain (SF) 748 .194 .234 .325

I hope you notice there are some very good pitchers on this list

2013 pitchers (min 400 sliders)
P PA AVG OBP SLUG
Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) 505 131 .288 .313 .520
Dylan Axelrod (CWS) 515 137 .288 .350 .512
Ryan Dempster (BOS) 810 252 .275 .357 .468
Homer Bailey (CIN) 464 131 .273 .290 .414
Lance Lynn (STL) 444 134 .273 .331 .430
Dillon Gee (NYM) 495 139 .272 .288 .412
Jason Hammel (BAL) 429 121 .268 .322 .491
Kevin Correia (MIN) 715 225 .267 .306 .462
Kyle Lohse (MIL) 747 231 .263 .297 .410
Jason Marquis (SD) 578 193 .260 .344 .414

Then there are slider aficionados

These pitchers are having very good seasons and you can see how the slider has helped them

2013 pitchers (min 400 sliders)
P PA AVG OBP SLUG
Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) 505 131 .288 .313 .520
Dylan Axelrod (CWS) 515 137 .288 .350 .512
Ryan Dempster (BOS) 810 252 .275 .357 .468
Homer Bailey (CIN) 464 131 .273 .290 .414
Lance Lynn (STL) 444 134 .273 .331 .430
Dillon Gee (NYM) 495 139 .272 .288 .412
Jason Hammel (BAL) 429 121 .268 .322 .491
Kevin Correia (MIN) 715 225 .267 .306 .462
Kyle Lohse (MIL) 747 231 .263 .297 .410
Jason Marquis (SD) 578 193 .260 .344 .414

Another way to look at slider efficacy

2013 Best sliders pitcher by % (min. 400 sliders)
P K% Swng% Miss% Strk% Chas% ClStk%
Patrick Corbin (ARI) 666 55.3% 53.9% 51.5% 64.3% 44.4% 22.5%
Nate Jones (CWS) 502 43.5% 45.2% 48.0% 63.5% 33.3% 33.5%
Al Alburquerque (DET) 473 44.7% 48.0% 48.0% 65.3% 38.3% 33.3%
Derek Holland (TEX) 738 52.3% 53.1% 46.9% 64.4% 40.5% 24.0%
Matt Garza (TEX) 529 43.7% 51.8% 46.4% 62.6% 38.0% 22.4%
Tyson Ross (SD) 541 40.8% 53.4% 45.7% 65.4% 41.3% 25.8%
Mat Latos (CIN) 726 40.2% 57.2% 42.9% 66.5% 45.2% 21.9%
Max Scherzer (DET) 546 34.8% 50.5% 42.8% 67.0% 37.4% 33.3%
Clayton Kershaw (LAD) 770 35.3% 55.5% 42.2% 67.0% 40.0% 25.9%
Francisco Liriano (PIT) 786 43.9% 50.1% 41.1% 66.3% 38.7% 32.4%

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