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Saturday, May 8, 2010
The Closer: A Star is born

By ESPN Stats & Info

Hitter of the Night

Starlin Castro, CHC: 2-5, 3B, HR, 6 RBI

Starlin Castro burst onto the national scene Friday with a six RBI performance that Cubs fans won't soon forget. The six RBI are the most in a debut in MLB history. Ben Grieve of the A's was the last to get 5, back in 1997 vs the Giants. RBI became an official stat in 1920.

Why Jered Weaver won:

- Weaver's slider was untouchable; hitters were 0-7 against slider. Entering Friday batters were hitting .368 against his slider.

- Stayed ahead of hitters; never went 2-0 in a count, went 3-1 only once

- Zero balls were put in play while he was behind in the count

Why David Price won:

- Hitters were 1-8 against curve ball (.125). Entering Friday batters were hitting .400 (6-15) against his curve ball

- According to Inside Edge, hitters had zero well-hit balls in 24 at-bats.

- Including Friday's 0-4, hitters are now 2 for 29 (.069) on the season when AHEAD in the count versus Price

Why Jamie Moyer won:

- Moyer was efficient, throwing an average of 11.7 pitches per inning with his highest inning being 19 pitches in the 8th. It is Moyer's first complete game shutout since June 2, 2006 - Off-speed pitches were working as Braves hitters were 0-16 against the change-up, slider and curve. In his last 2 starts, Moyer gave up 12 non-fastball hits.

- The off-speed was good because the Braves chased 47 percent of pitches (MLB Avg. 31 percent). Moyer also threw a strike on 70 percent of off-speed pitches thrown.

- When Moyer got behind, he still got outs. Braves hitters were 0-8 when ahead in the count. Opposing hitters were hitting .458 coming into Friday against Moyer when ahead.