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July 25, 2014

What You Need to Know

July 25, 2014

by Chris Mosch



The Thursday Takeaway

For the second night in a row, Blue Jays fans watched one of their talented young arms baffle Red Sox hitters. Wednesday night, it was Aaron Sanchez making an impact with two perfect innings out of the bullpen in his major-league debut. Last night, Marcus Stroman continued to work his newest weapon into his arsenal as he flirted with a no-hitter and dominated Boston in his best start to date.

The no-hit drama was nearly squashed before it even started, as Stroman faced off against David Ortiz in the first inning after striking out Brock Holt and issuing a free pass to Shane Victorino. Ortiz worked the count full before scorching a hot shot down the first base line that found the glove of Juan Francisco, who easily doubled Victorino off to end the top half of the first.

The snag at first was one of several highlights on the day for Francisco, who went 3-for-4 at the plate for the Jays and finished a double shy of the cycle. He jump-started the second inning with a triple that glanced off the glove of Jackie Bradley Jr. up against the center-field wall, and he then came home to score one of Toronto’s two runs in the frame. Toronto’s lead stood at 3-0 when Francisco came to bat the next inning with a runner at first. Rubby De La Rosa kept his 2-2 changeup low, but the offering caught too much of the plate and Francisco took it deep for his 15th home run of the season.

Francisco added a two-run single his next at-bat against Burke Badenhop, and the Jays tallied an eighth run later against the Boston staff when the game was all but over.

One of the knocks on Stroman has been his 5-foot-9 frame, and when he was called up in early May, Nick J. Faleris wrote that “the lack of downhill plane on his offerings leaves him susceptible to the long ball, and prone to fly balls in general.” Perhaps in an effort to offset that vulnerability, Stroman started to work a sinker into his pitch selection during his outing last week against the Rangers, relying on the offering six times. As of this writing, Stroman’s pitches have yet to be classified by Pitch Info, and the MLB Advanced Media Gameday classification grouped all of Stroman’s fastballs as four-seamers. But it’s clear that the Duke University product ramped up the use of his sinker during yesterday’s start against Boston.

Below are Stroman’s pitches from his last two starts, with each pitch’s horizontal movement plotted against its vertical movement. The grey cluster at the left of the Texas start represents his six sinkers. Notice the large cluster of black dots in the same area from yesterday’s outing.



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