Thursday, July 29, 2010
What Phillies get in Oswalt
By ESPN Stats & Information
Now that that Astros right-hander Roy Oswalt will waive the no-trade clause in his contract to accept the proposed trade to the Phillies, what kind of a pitcher is headed to Philadelphia?
Oswalt has had the majority of his success this year with his curveball and his fastball. Here's a breakdown:
• Oswalt has started off 62.5 percent of the hitters faced this season with his fastball, throwing 70.5 percent for strikes. Hitters have swung at 89 of these first-pitch fastballs, but have only eight hits (8-39, .205). That's 134 points below the league average (.339).
• Oswalt is also inducing more swings (27.4 pct) than the league average (26.6 pct) to match his sterling opp BA on first-pitch heat.
• Oswalt's deuce has been nothing short of spectacular this season as well. Opponents are hitting .086 against his curveball (7-81), the lowest average among pitchers who have thrown at least 125 curveballs in 2010.
• Oswalt also has the lowest percentage of swings on his curveball that result in hits (5.7 pct) in the major leagues. Only 14.8 percent of Oswalt's total pitches are curveballs, but with two strikes that percentage almost doubles (27.4 pct).
• Oswalt has registered more than five times as many strikeouts (39) as he has given up hits (seven) with his deuce, and has only walked two hitters.