Padres’ Wil Myers boasted all-star numbers in 2020 after an abysmal 2019. Myers either put up his career bests, or was on pace to put up his career bests in just about every statistic in this shortened 60 game 2020 season. Using the “Baseballr” package in R, this analysis will dive into the reasons why.
Quality of Contact
Note: This is a direct follow up analysis to his 2019 breakdown, which can be found here:
To simplify, here are the takeaways taken directly from the previous analysis:
“Things that can help Davies avoid a possible regression is to increase the usage of his changeup. It’s by far his most effective pitch in terms of producing whiffs and outs, with above average movement. Incorporating this even more can eventually translate into even more swings and misses, unlike his slider (which he ultimately stopped throwing half way through the year), and his curveball, which he may want to think about using even more sparingly than he already does, despite its above average spin rate. Davies may want to think about developing a new pitch, however, that is much easier said than done. Another aspect is to limit the amount of cutters he uses, especially to lefties, and avoid those dreaded hitters counts. He can go back to his roots as a true sinker baller and keep the ball on the ground more by increasing the usage of it, particularly against lefties. …
Right-hander Zach Davies posted some very noticeable splits in 2019, pitching to the tune of much better numbers in the months of April, May, and September, while struggling in June, July, and August. Using the “Baseballr” package in R, this breakdown will attempt to uncover what Davies did differently in the months he struggled in, compared to ones with success.
The first aspects to look into were his pitch velocities, specifically his primary pitch. Davies has a pitch arsenal consisting of a Sinker, Changeup, Cutter, Curveball, and Slider.