Game 163 is in the books. We experienced two different types of pitching performance in the play-in-game to get to the play-in-game. Martin Perez and David Price both feature similar repertoires; they both work fastball-changeup and occasionally mix in a breaking ball to keep hitters honest.
Awhile back I did a miniseries of sorts on visualizing pitch sequencing in a manner that seemed more intuitive to me.
I’ve extended that project out a bit to give a clearer visual of what a pitcher tried to establish in each individual start. The result is this:
Hopefully that simplifies what David Price and Martin Perez tried to do last night. Perez did a fairly good job of establishing the fastball early in the game and trying to work backwards a bit in the later innings. Price was pretty much all about working off the fastball in a more traditional sense. There’s probably a good reason for that.
Perez had the better stuff yet Price was the one who went the distance giving up only 2 ER on 7 hits.… Click here to read the rest