Thursday, June 19, 2008

Ian Snell's last start in graphical form

Today's PG talks about Ian Snell's inability to pitch in on batters. Being a curious and intrepid blogger, I pulled his "ultra-normalized" pitch location chart down from Dan Brooks' Pitch FX site. The graph treats every hitter like a right-handed hitter with a normalized height and strike zone. It should be read like a gamecast at-bat, meaning the hitter is on the right and the outside of the strikezone is on the left (at least, I'm pretty sure that's how it should be read). Snell's pitches are triangles (actually, all the Pirates are the triangles, so most of the triangles are Snell, you get the point) with strikes in red and balls in green. Looks like an undisputed case of Kip Wells disease to me.