Yuki Matsui made his third start of the season on Wednesday April 16th, facing 26 batters in five innings and 101 pitches, giving up three runs, while striking out four and walking six against the Softbank Hawks. Like usual, let's start with the graphs and start with his velocity chart.
Unlike the last two starts, Matsui's velocity peaked in the middle of the outing instead of around the first of the outing. His slowest pitch overall was a curveball early in the outing. His fastball velocity dropped a little toward the end until his last start. Here are his average pitch velocities from the outing:
Here is a pie chart that shows his pitch selection:
Again, Yuki Matsui struggled to throw pitches in the zone, as this chart shows:
Once again, Matsui was very heavy to the glove side and low. Armside and high was his second favorite spot. He kept the ball out of the very middle of the plate though, even though he still gave up five hits.
Here are the results of each of Matsui's pitches broken into a pie chart:
His whiff percentage was pretty impressive, though his called strike percentage wasn't. To get a better look at pitch results, let's bring the velocity chart back up but instead of labelling each pitch with pitch type, let's label them with the results.
Here are the pitch locations for the balls put in play off Matsui:
Here are the pitch types that were put in play off Matsui:
For comparison, here are the pitch types that Matsui got whiffs with: