Collette Calls: New Pitch Fact Check
Collette Calls: New Pitch Fact Check

This article is part of our Collette Calls series.

Now that we are a third of the way into the season, it feels like a good time to check in on the pitchers that made the 2018 New Pitch Tracker see which pitchers followed up their spring training words with regular season actions. The past two seasons have shown that these tidbits tend to be more talk than action, but let's see how some of the 2018 candidates are holding up to date.

Lance McCullers
said he was renewing his changeup: McCullers already has as many wins in 2018 through 12 starts as he did in 2017 through 22 starts. His strikeout rate has not changed much (25.8 to 25.5 percent), but he is stranding more runners, and his ERA is under last year's rate. He has always had a hard changeup, but this year, he is throwing it softer than he has in previous seasons:

The reduced velocity on the pitch is also allowing him to get more fading action as he sees the most horizontal movement on the pitch for his career:

McCullers has also backed up his words with actions as his changeup usage is currently at 17 percent on the season which represents a six percentage point jump on last year's usage of the pitch. The stuff looks great when he pitches this year, but two stinkbomb outings at Cleveland (7 ER in 4.1 IP), and Minnesota (8 ER in 3.2 IP) have inflated his ERA. The frustrating part about the Cleveland outing

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Jason Collette
Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at theprocessreport.net. You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Sleeper and the Bust podcast on iTunes. An eight-time FSWA finalist, Jason won the FSWA's Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year award in 2013 and the Baseball Series of the Year award in 2018 for Collette Calls.
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