Earlier today, ESPN turned over the keys to the SweetSpot blog to me. My topic: Giants starters seem to throw a lot of nonfastballs to start hitters off. In short: I found that, after running some numbers, three of the top 10 starting pitchers in baseball that start batters off with nonfastballs were Giants starters — Cain, Vogelsong, and Bumgarner to be more specific.
A quote and the link below:
I have to admit that I love this table because I think it shows exactly why Cain is such a tough guy to face. If you sit on Cain’s fastball, there’s a good chance he’s going throw something else. Cain shows a preference to the curveball (20.3%) in 0-0 counts, but the changeup (17.2%) and the slider (12.7%) are not far behind. For years, Cain has been defying the standard batting average on balls in play (BABIP) mindset and one has to wonder if his ability to throw multiple pitches in the early stages of at-bats has had an effect on his low BABIPs year after year.
You can read the rest of the post on the SweetSpot blog, here.