Ryan Vogelsong Is Getting The Biggest Velocity Boost

Take a look at Ryan Vogelsong’s career fastball velocity from Brooks Baseball:

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So, yeah, he always gets a velocity boost when October rolls around. When I asked him about it, he mentioned making some “adjustments mechanically” that helped him this time around. But he admitted: “At the same time, there’s adrenaline, no question… It’s going to make you throw harder and do some things that you prodably don’t do on a normal afternoon in Milwaukee or Colorado. No offense to those cities, they just came to mind.”

That adrenaline affects most starting pitchers in the postseason, as they can see the finish line and rest is for the offseason. But Vogelsong is getting the biggest velocity boost of anyone on these World Series rosters:

Pitcher Season Velo Postseason Velo Delta
Ryan Vogelsong 91.1 92.9 1.7
Madison Bumgarner 92.7 93.8 1.1
Jason Vargas 88.5 89.3 0.8
Wade Davis 96.6 97.3 0.7
Brandon Finnegan 93.6 94.2 0.6
James Shields 93.7 94.2 0.5
Jean Machi 93.4 93.9 0.5
Tim Hudson 89.9 90.3 0.4
Sergio Romo 88.9 89.2 0.3
Jake Peavy 90.9 91.2 0.3
Santiago Casilla 95.1 95.4 0.3
Jeremy Affeldt 92.1 92.3 0.1
Jason Frasor 92.9 93.0 0.1
Kelvin Herrera 99.2 99.3 0.1
Javier Lopez 86.2 86.2 0.0
Tim Collins 93.2 92.7 -0.5
Yordano Ventura 98.4 97.8 -0.6
Jeremy Guthrie 93.0 92.2 -0.8
Hunter Strickland 98.5 97.7 -0.8
Greg Holland 96.6 95.4 -1.2

Vogelsong does his best not to let this turn into a situation where he’s overthrowing — Doug Fister found himself in a similar situation this postseason and had to adjust. The pitcher cited experience in helping him know when to use the velocity best. “Knowing how to curb it and make it work to your advantage” is something that comes “from being their before,” the pitcher said Friday before Game Three.

But no matter what, he’ll be throwing closer to 93 than 91, and that changes how you appraise him as a pitcher — every mile per hour of velocity is worth about .28 runs allowed per nine innings.

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“every mile per hour of velocity is worth about .28 runs allowed per nine innings”

‘Not literally true! And certainly you’re being thrown in a deliberate walk pitch-out situation; I’m 100% proof of that!’
– Lou Seam, baseball

Lou Seam Career Summary:
First MLB game October 7, 2014; last MLB game October 7, 2014; hit backstop directly after being thrown by Washington Nationals relief pitcher Aaron Barrett.


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