Roberto Hernandez By The Numbers | The Process Report

Roberto Hernandez By The Numbers

Roberto Hernandez had another poor start on Friday night, as he was chased from the game after four innings of mixed results.

After a promising first four outings, Hernandez’s last few have been marred by poor location. He is leaving his hard stuff out and over the plate, and hitters are making him pay for his mistakes. We knew entering the season that Hernandez needed to stay down in the zone to succeed. Yet his percentage of pitches located down continues to decline.

Unsurprisingly the worsened location has affected his other stats. He allowed two home runs on his first 19 flyballs, and eight on his most recent 21—a rate more than double his career home run per flyball ratio, of 12 percent. Hitters missed on 26 percent of his pitches over those first four starts. That rate is down to 18 percent as of late.

Obviously the Rays have other internal options, though it’s possible they aren’t ready to abandon Hernandez because of a few poor starts. If the trend continues they may have no choice.

Stats courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info



2 Comments

  1. […] when he looked good, but finding consistency with his pitch location continues to deteriorate. Hitters missed on 26 percent of his pitches over his first four starts. That rate is down to 18 percent as of late and trending the wrong […]

  2. With the young live arms they have in AAA I hope they are close to the end of their rope with Roberto, I would rater see one of them than watch Hernandez give up more any more long balls.

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