Saturday, April 30, 2011

Change of Pace Review

This is not new, but it's alarming how more and more discussion topics must be relevant to the moment, and the moment is constantly shortening. Years ago, we could discuss something that happened in the first week of the baseball season, and it would be fun just to be able to talk about baseball.

Now, with the advancement of the ESPNSportZone 24-hour news cycle, twitter, tumblr, blah, blah, blah, people more than ever want to know what is NOW.

Are you The Ted Williams?
Remember when the homeless guy from Cleveland got a great job doing Cavs games on the radio? When was the last time anyone on Access Hollywood even thought about that guy?

What else? Oh, I love the NFL! I love the NFL Draft! Cam Newton? Oh yeah, cool, let's talk about Cam Newton! Booring, the Royal Wedding is on! Cool!

The Royal Wedding took up much of the world's attention yesterday and in the days, weeks, and months leading up. Besides the lunatics who stayed up all night or got up in the middle of the night for the coverage, the US awoke to live coverage of some stage in the Royal Wedding. If you were near a TV, it was more than likely set to a channel covering the nuptials. Facebook and Twitter were basically taken over by Brit aficionados.

So that's Pippa's arse. Ok.
For a couple of hours, I decided to get into it; sure, why not? Who's this Pippa everyone is tweeting about? She's wearing white? Is that okay? What does "Pippa's arse" mean?

How long until the Royal Wedding is nothing more than a memory we keep, like so many others?

These moments are at the top of the news cycle for less and less time than they were years ago. Perhaps, it seems I'm a curmudgeon crying "I want things to be the way they used to be forever!" That's certainly not my intent. I even started my Tumblr today. (Look at what an early adopter I am!)

/pats self on back
//injures rotator cuff again

The attention span of individuals in the world is shrinking. Depending on media form and topic, it seems that some attention spans have literally been shrunken to under 5 seconds.

/hears cricket sounds

What? We lost you already?

One of the things I'm continuously learning, while blathering about baseball observations in this space is how statistically researched posts done during the season must be done quickly before games begin again the next day and your data set could be altered completely.

We are currently setting the stage for a pitch values post that promises to take way too long to write, compared with the intrinsic return gained from reading the summation. So is the life of an existential basement dweller.

Two weeks ago, we looked at "Which pitchers have had the largest difference in average velocity between their fastball and change-up?" As a reward for getting through the above, let's revisit that topic with almost twice as much of a sample size.

As Warren Spahn said, "Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing."

National League
Marco Estrada, Brewers 90.2 - 77.4 = 12.8
Tyler Clippard, Nationals 92.7 - 80.7 = 12.0
Travis Wood, Reds 90 - 78.1 = 11.9
Josh Collmenter, D'Backs 87.5 - 75.7 = 11.8
James McDonald, Pirates 91.9 - 80.8 = 11.1
Daniel Hudson, D'backs 93.4 - 82.6 = 10.8
Edinson Volquez, Reds 93.8 - 83.3 = 10.5
Ryan Madson, Phillies 93.9 - 83.6 = 10.3
Jake Westbrook, Cardinals 89.4 - 79.1 = 10.3
Tim Stauffer, Padres 90.1 - 80 = 10.1

American League
Brian Fuentes, A's 88.8 - 73.5 = 15.3
Dallas Braden, A's 87.2 - 72.2 = 15.0
Sean O'Sullivan, Royals 92 - 77.2 = 14.8
Erik Bedard, Mariners 90.4 - 77 = 13.4
David Price, Rays 94.5 - 81.7 = 12.8
Fernando Rodney, Angels 95.2 - 82.9 = 12.3
Clay Buchholz, Red Sox 92.1 - 80 = 12.1
Jeremy Hellickson, Rays 90.2 - 79.1 = 11.1
Tim Collins, Royals 92 - 81.1 = 10.9
Jered Weaver, Angels 90.4 - 79.5 = 10.9
Chris Tillman, Orioles 89 - 78.1 = 10.9
Max Sherzer, Tigers 92.1 - 81.2 = 10.9

Note: All stats are from Fangraphs. We're using a minimum of 10 IP, and they must throw their fastball and changeup more than 10% each.

Today's games just started, enjoy!

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