I make trend graphs for my real estate appraisal work nearly every day on the job, and since I’m a huge baseball fan, I figured I’d make a scatter graph of the speed of pitches for the Los Angeles Angels during the last game of the American League Championship Series on 10-25-09. I know, it sounds a bit geeky, but when I get a random idea like this, sometimes I just have to make it happen. I would have also plotted the New York Yankees, but Fox did not display pitch speed for the Yankees’ entire first inning, and I was also feeling like tracking two teams was going to be way too tedious for a relaxing Sunday evening. Here is what I came up with:
If you notice, there is a gap of data between pitch 23 and 35, and that is because Fox did NOT supply the data for whatever reason. It seemed that most of the time Fox displayed pitch speed, but oddly they missed nearly all of the second inning for the Angels (as well as the first inning for the Yankees). You’ll also notice I missed a few pitches on accident (17, 123) and that during the 8th inning I called it quits. Between spending time with family, having two toddlers running around, and getting tired of watching more intently than I usually do, I figured it was time to hang up my MLB statistician hat and simply enjoy the rest of the game.
- The spread of speed varied by about 20 mph.
- Joe Saunders pitched from pitch 1 to pitch 115.
- Ervin Santana pitched from pitch 116 to 130.
- In the 8th inning when I called it quits, there were two more pitchers from the Angels who went to the mound (Scott Kazmir & Jered Weaver).
This was just for fun. Feel free to comment if you’d like. Or if you have any ideas for what sort of baseball stat I might experiment with graphing during the World Series, let me know what you think.
www.SacramentoAppraisalBlog.com The Speed of Pitching for the Los Angeles Angels: ALCS 10-25-09