April 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm by Kevin Orris under Atlanta Braves
Although Derek Lowe is 37 years old, it appears he has a new favorite weapon against right handed batters… his slider. Check out the chart below for further proof, courtesy of joelefkowitz.com.
|# of Pitches||Selection %||Swing %||Swing-Miss%|
|2010 v. RHB||279||15.9||48.0||50.7|
|2011 v. RHB||72||37.3||52.8||44.7|
With Lowe’s big switch to his slider (or so it appears), he’s gone from throwing his sinker 61.9% of the time against RHB in 2010 to 32.1% in 2011. Yes, he’s throwing his sinker less than his slider.
It’s important to consider the sample size, since Lowe has only started four games thus far in 2011, but it’s still a trend worth watching.
While it’s good to see that Lowe has become comfortable with his slider, its being hit for a line drive 38.5% of the time – that’s never good.
Keep an eye on this trend tonight and we’ll see how his previous four starts stack up against tonight’s on three days’ rest.
I’ll be posting more observances of Braves statistical tendencies over the next few days. Looking for a trend in particular? Email me at email@example.com and I’ll do my best to sort it out.