The Process Versus Orioles Pitchers | The Process Report

The Process Versus Orioles Pitchers

Instead of traditional series previews or game recaps, we’re going to delve into what we think we do best: dissecting the process of moves. Sometimes we’ll focus on a certain matchup to look for, other times it’ll be more general information. One of the thing we’ll try to deliver every series is a look at the opposing team’s starters and bullpen, but in a manner brief enough that you can easily recall the information during the course of the games. For instance, if Joe Maddon pinch hits Sean Rodriguez in place of Matt Joyce against right-hander Jeremy Accardo, we’ll gather why –in this case, because Accardo is a reverse split righty.

To get it going, here’s a look at the starters and the bullpen info is after the jump.

Jeremy Guthrie

Guthrie really works off the fastball, which sits around 91-93 MPH but can shoot up to the mid-90s when needed. He throws two pitches against righties, his fastball and a slider –which gets whiffs and grounders alike— while adding a changeup against lefties. Despite the change, he is considerably better against same-handed batters (700 OPS versus righties and 793 versus lefties over the last three seasons). Once a guy gets on base, he’ll curb the fastball usage just a bit. Shouldn’t be too much of a hassle with the Rays’ ability to stack left-handed batters against him early and often.

Brian Matusz

A big lefty, Matusz is the toughest matchup of the series. Matusz’ platoon splits are the opposite of Guthrie’s and more extreme (606 versus lefties and 775 against righties). Unlike Guthrie, Matusz’s fastball sits around 90 and won’t touch the mid-90s, but he’ll get grounders off of it and sets up his changeup well. He’ll also toss a curve against righties and a slider versus lefties. He took a ball off the forearm earlier in week and is listed as questionable. Regardless, he’s expected to start.

Chris Tillman

The least experienced of the trio, Tillman has a low 90s fastball and curveball at his disposal against righties while relying on his changeup against lefties. The curve really comes into play once he gets to two strikes, but he’ll throw it on the first pitch occasionally too. In what limited big league time Tillman has, he’s struggled equally against both hands (864 versus righties and 862 against lefties). Tillman is young (23 in April) and with enough pedigree to expect a marked improvement.

Koji  Uehara	RH	744	627
Kevin  Gregg	RH	646	707
Mike  Gonzalez	LH	718	634
Jim  Johnson	RH	666	654
Jeremy  Accardo*	RH	779	571
Jason  Berken	RH	840	858
Josh  Rupe*	RH	806	833
Brad  Bergesen	RH	829	733

(Three-year samples used when possible) 
*Career numbers because of small sample size in recent years

(Favors means the split is +/- .020 points)
Matchup favors LHB: Uehara, Gonzalez, Accardo, Bergesen
Matchup favors RHB: Gregg, Rupe
Matchup is a push: Johnson, Berken

One Comment

  1. fryban wrote:

    What’s the word on Zach Britton? Should we be optimistic about facing a green kid, or worried about facing a kid we’ve never seen before?

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