Pitching, The Dave Duncan Way

Posted: 1st May 2010 by George Fitopoulos in MLB
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  It’s the Dave Duncan philosophy – pitch strikes and pound the bottom of the strike zone – and if you haven’t noticed…it works. We saw it at its best last year when Joel Pineiro  put up a 3.42 ERA, which was actually worse  than his FIP of 3.27, and a WHIP of 1.15 on his way to a 15-12 record. To put this in perspective, Piniero’s career ERA before 2009 was 4.55 and his WHIP was 1.38. The big difference was his ability to induce the groundball, which he did 60.5 percent of the time (previous career high was 48.6). Not surprising, he was tops in the majors, beating second place Derek Lowe  by 4.2 percent. He also threw first strikes 65.4 percent of the time, which was also a career high. What Duncan saw was a pitcher ...

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