The Pitch That Did It
June 14, 2012
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One June 1, 2012, Johan Santana accomplished a first for Mets' pitchers:
When looking at the pitch statistics (many thanks to Brooks Baseball), we see the importance of the Changeup in helping him succeed:
In addition to using the Changeup to strike out Ryan Freese to end the game:
- Johan threw more Changeups for strikes than the fastball (63.16% vs 56%)
- Johan threw 69% of his Changeups for strikes over the final 5 innings
- Johan's Changeup was 11 mph slower than his fastball, helping disrupt the timing of the Cardinals hitters:
- Warren Spahn
Hall of Fame Left-handed Pitcher
What Is The Best Way to Throw A Changeup?
- While you can click here to see my newsletter on the Changeup, here is the grip:
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