The Process Versus Angels Pitchers | The Process Report

The Process Versus Angels Pitchers

Enter the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim…

Jered Weaver

Jeff’s younger brother, Jered has all the pitching talent in the world. He doesn’t throw hard, with a fastball in the high-80s to low-90s, but his control and secondary offerings make up for it twofold. Early in Weaver’s career, he struggled against left-handed hitters, but no longer. Both the changeup and curveball have strong reverse platoon splits and he throws both of ‘em (right around the same velocity too) to great effect. It’s possible he’s actually better against lefties now than righties, as he keeps his arsenal limited to fastballs (sinker and four-seam), sliders, and an occasional change versus same-handed batters.

Dan Haren

A bit like Shields in that he’s a guy who refuses to issue walks, Haren lacks a noticeable platoon split. Haren’s arsenal is deep, with just about every fastball in existence being picked up by pitchfx data (two and four seamers, cut, and splitter) as well as curveballs and changeups. He issues a walk once every 19 or so batters –or one per outing— yet the Rays were the opponent for two of his three-plus walk games last season.

Fernando Rodney	RH	726	745
Hisanori Takahashi*	LH	544	768
Kevin Jepsen	RH	759	588
Jason Bulger	RH	523	721
Rich Thompson	RH	766	822
Michael Kohn*	RH	763	454
Jordan Walden*	RH	527	803
(Three-year samples used when possible)
*Career numbers because of small sample size in recent years

Small sample size ahoy, so be weary of trusting a few of these numbers too much.

(Favors means the split is +/- .020 points)
Matchup favors LHB: Jepsen, Kohn
Matchup favors RHB: Takahashi, Bulger, Thompson, Walden
Matchup is a push: Rodney

(Credit to Chris St. John for the data)

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