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This has nothing to do with anything, but we have a Twitter account for Gaslamp Ball, but I have no idea what I'm supposed to do with it. If anybody has any ideas, let me know. Everybody be talking about how Twitter's this great thing, but I dunno what fer.

Friar Forecast breaks down Randy Wolf's performance. One thing he noticed that's kinda interesting

In the 3rd and 4th inning, according to MLB’s pitch classification system, Wolf had a stretch where he threw 17 consecutive fastballs. All of the pitches during that stretch ranged between 88.3 and 90.8 mph. This has no significance; I just thought it was interesting. I hear people talk about mixing pitches a lot … you know, to confuse the hitter and upset his timing. I wonder if sometimes it’s correct to throw the same pitch that many times in a row, by game theory or whathaveyou.

I haven't had a chance to really look at PITCHf/x, which is how MB got those numbers, but trusting that they really were all fastballs, I think this speaks volumes about how much location has to do with what a pitcher can do. It really highlights what Greg Maddux and Trevor Hoffman (when he's on) are able to do. You don't need 5 different pitches as long as you can locate the pitch effectively. I'm reminded of Andy Ashby's game where he threw nothing but fastballs. I'm also reminded of old school Trevor Hoffman outings where he'd throw his changeup over and over, sometimes locating it for a strike and other times bouncing it a good foot in front of home plate.

Meanwhile, Richard at Intentional Blog on Balls highlights the fact that Justin Germano could very well be more similar to what he's doing this season so far than what he's done in the past. Could it be the new changeup? Could be.

 

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