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April 20, 2010

Does pitching out of the stretch decrease fastball velocity?

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ April 20, 2010 12:55 pm
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Mike Fast @ THT:

It is very easy to check, and it turns out that it’s not accurate at all. A pitcher’s fastball speed turns out to be almost identical with runners on base as compared to his average fastball speed with the bases empty. If anything, the average starting pitcher throws about 0.1 mph harder with runners on base.

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