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Tsuyoshi Wada Pitching Data

by Patrick Newman (Apr 26, 2009)

Last week, I asked readers for suggestions on which pitchers to look at in my velocity charts series. Based the responses I got, here's the order I'm going in:

  1. Tsuyoshi Wada
  2. Toshiya Sugiuchi
  3. Top closers: Kyuji Fujikawa, Takahiko Mahara, Hitoki Iwase
  4. Tetsuya Utsumi
  5. A look at Nippon Ham's secondary pitchers: Sakamoto, Tadano, and Sweeney

You can see all the velocity charts I've done so far here.

So let's take a look at Wada's most recent outing, a loss to the Rakuten Eagles in which he was outdueled by Satoshi Nagai. Here's Wada's velocity chart:

[Chart]

And a break down of his pitches:

result/pitchChangeupCurveballFastballForkballSliderGrand Total
Ball 120111042
Double 11
Flyball Hit 11
Flyout 4116
Foul1237435
Foul Bunt 11
Groundout 1326
Home Run 11
Line Drive Hit 112
Lineout 11
Sacrifice 11
Strike Looking 1142421
Swinging Strike 103114
Walk 11
Grand Total12772825133

I was surprised to see how much Wada relies on his fastball, and how many strikes he gets with it. I didn’t see this game, but I’m inferring that he uses his slider and fork to set up his fastball. He also only threw three off-speed breaking pitches.


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