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What to watch for on Wednesday

9/1/2010

Chicago Cubs

Tom Gorzelanny: In August, he threw 68.0 pct of his fastballs for strikes, which is well above his average of 63.0 pct in the 1st 4 months of the season.

Chicago White Sox

Juan Pierre: In August Pierre set the table for the White Sox. He hit .354 (45-127), which is well above his .284 season batting average. His OBP was .397 compared to his season OBP of .352. Prior to his 45 hits in August, Pierre’s previous high for hits in a month this season was 32 in May.

Los Angeles Angels

Trevor Bell: Look for Bell to rely less on his slider and throw more changeups in his start against the Seattle Mariners. Mariners hitters have hit .205 (99-484) against changeups compared to the league average of .247. Seattle’s offense has done better against the slider, batting .254 (159-626) compared to the league average of .221.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Andre Ethier: Hitting .188 (12-64) and slugging .359 (21.3 AB/HR) against non-fastballs since the All-Star break. For comparison, Ethier hit .333 (37-111) and slugged .640 (12.5 AB/HR) prior to All-Star break.

New York Mets

Mike Pelfrey: .190 opp BA (4-21) vs curveball this season, 23 points better than the league average (.213). The Braves enter Wednesday hitting .238 against curveballs.

New York Yankees

A.J. Burnett: His fastball has been lit up this season plus it hasn't been very accurate. Take a look at how Burnett's effectiveness with the fastball compares to the rest of the league.

A.J. Burnett’s fastball

2010 vs. MLB average

Texas Rangers

Tommy Hunter: Opponents hit .325 (25-77) off Hunter’s fastball in August after hitting .244 (47-193) in June and July.