The Process Versus Angels Pitchers | The Process Report

The Process Versus Angels Pitchers

Ervin Santana

Santana is a guy who lefties can take advantage of. He is also a litmus test for those who can remember when Carl Crawford trade rumors involved the Angels and the (then) young hurler.

Joel Pineiro

Pineiro is making his first start of the season after missing most of the first month with shoulder stiffness. Pineiro is a groundballer who relies on his sinkerball. Expect the Rays to stack the deck with lefties because of it, although his splits don’t indicate much of a difference.

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.

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

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