Judging the Royals

Lee Judge breaks down the Royals, game by game.

Yordano Ventura, Danny Duffy and called third strikes; do they reflect how well a pitcher is throwing?

about 9 hours ago

If all you care about are strikeouts, then called third strikes are a good sign; hitters are getting fooled by some nasty pitches. But if the pitcher is racking up strikeouts, he’s probably also racking up his pitch count. So a guy who has good individual numbers might be putting his teammates in a bad spot by leaving the game early and exposing his team’s middle relievers.

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