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April 28, 2012

Fangraphs’ Bradley Woodrum is Dissecting Philip Humber’s Wild Perfect Game

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 28, 2012 11:50 pm
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Bradley Woodrum:

According to the raw neutrality of the win probability chart, the Seattle Mariners actually had a chance to win the game last Saturday:

But it did not know — nor did the players know — what day it was. A.J. Pierzynski did not realize the significance of that first pitch, sailing wide to his glove side. Philip Humber may have even felt a twinge of frustration as that first toss missed so poorly. And Paul Konerkohad no way of knowing what he started when he took that first grounder and tossed it to Humber for out number one.

They were all witness to and participants of a rare and wild event. …

and that links to Dave Cameron’s Pitch F/X dissection of Philip Humber’s new slider:

… This time, the White Sox grabbed him, and teaming up with Don Cooper in Chicago has been the best thing that ever happened to his career.

… When Humber got to Chicago, he threw what he referred to as a cutter, even though Pitch F/x called it a slider. Cooper didn’t like the pitch, and instead suggested Humber move to a more traditional slider with harder breaking action. The differences are pretty striking.Here’s Humber’s game chart from his April 9th, 2011 start against Tampa Bay. …

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