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April 4, 2014

Painting the Black

Nathan Eovaldi and the Jarrod Saltalamacchia Effect

by R.J. Anderson


For as much as we focus on catcher defense these days, the battery dynamic remains beyond our grasp. We know pitchers and catchers work together to form a gameplan and negotiate pitch type and location, but the heavy lifting is often left in the dark. What illumination we do receive often shines from second-hand knowledge, or analysis that is prone to fundamental attribution errors. As a result, analyzing gamecalling and the like is a tough, if not impossible, pursuit from outside a team's walls.

Yet sometimes we do get a glimpse of the inner-workings of a relationship. Take Sam Miller's piece from last September on the Jeff Mathis-Jose Fernandez battery. Miller examined just how Mathis had impacted Fernandez's game, and found some evidence that the oft-derided backstop helped the oft-admired hurler more than we might have thought. The case? An increased usage in curveballs.

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