Shohei Ohtanis Splitter Is What Makes Him Truly Great

3S. Ohtani’18AngelsSplit-finger586.41 11C. Carpenter’04CardinalsCutter865.06 6T. Ohka’05Nats/BrewersSplit-finger936.17 5M. Mulder’03AthleticsSplit-finger2336.38 20M. Mulder’02AthleticsSplit-finger1144.22 9J. Fernandez’13MarlinsSlider3315.39 12M. Mulder’04AthleticsSplit-finger3165.01 7A. Wood’18DodgersChange-up526.06 Ohtani has probably already done enough on both sides of the ball to confirm that he’s the real deal. (So much for those shaky spring training stats, huh?) According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first MLB player since the dead-ball era1So since about 1920. to get two wins as a pitcher and hit three home runs in his team’s first 10 games of a season — meaning few baseball fans were alive the last time a two-way player did what Ohtani has done. If we had to pick one part of his game to bank on most, though, there is reason to believe that Ohtani’s pitching will outpace his hitting as his rookie year goes on.If you read the scouting reports written before Ohtani’s debut, pitching was always supposed to be his strongest suit. And all he’s done on the mound since is compile some truly eye-catching stats: So far this year, Ohtani has the fourth-highest strikeout percentage and the 17th-lowest walk percentage among qualified pitchers, and he ranks fourth in strikeout-to-walk percentage differential — one of the strongest predictors of how well a pitcher will perform going forward. Perhaps most tellingly of all, he’s also currently first in swinging strike rate, a very important measure of sheer pitching dominance, and he ranks third in average fastball velocity. Granted, those numbers have come in the microscopic sample of 13 innings (over two starts against the Oakland A’s, one of the worst teams in baseball). But they validate the story of a pitcher billed as having ace-level stuff when he first pondered coming over from Japan.Ohtani’s split-finger fastball in particular might be the nastiest pitch in baseball so far this season. (The splitter, which is thrown with the index and middle fingers spread wide over the seams, isn’t a true fastball in the same sense as the four-seamer; it’s more like a change-up that looks like a fastball to hitters before abruptly dropping at the last second.) Based on data from ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, he has thrown the splitter 58 times, and it’s already generated 13 strikeouts; only Houston’s Lance McCullers (curveball) and Arizona’s Patrick Corbin (slider) have gotten more K’s on a single pitch than Ohtani has gotten with his splitter so far. According to MLB.com, opposing batters have come up empty on 26 of 37 swings (70.3 percent) against Ohtani’s splitter, good for the best swing-and-miss rate of any starting pitcher on any single pitch type in 2018.2With a minimum of 20 swings against that pitch. And at a minimum of 50 total pitches in a season, the 6.4 runs added per 100 pitches by Ohtani’s splitter makes it the third-most effective pitch in FanGraphs’ entire database (which goes back to 2002): 4M. Prior’03CubsChange-up1056.38 19M. Batista’03D-BacksSplit-finger2704.30 Excluding pitch/pitcher combinations with fewer than 50 pitches in a seasonSource: FanGraphs 17J. Santana’04TwinsChange-up7224.38 10L. Severino’18YankeesSlider815.15 13C. Kluber’17IndiansCurveball8074.68 18T. Hudson’03AthleticsSplit-finger5144.31 16S. Gray’18YankeesCurveball624.38 14T. Lincecum’09GiantsChange-up7434.62 8S. Manaea’18AthleticsFastball1165.75 Just a little more than a week into his major league career, Los Angeles Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani has been so impressive as both a pitcher and hitter that it’s difficult to decide which aspect of his play stands out most. At the plate, he belted home runs in three consecutive games, crushing one pitch Friday for the seventh-longest homer of the young 2018 season. As a pitcher, he carried a perfect game into the seventh inning of his start Sunday, finishing the game with 12 strikeouts — tied for the most of any starter in a game so far this year. RkPlayerYearTeamPitch TypePitchesRuns/100 1D. Price’18Red SoxCutter59+6.88 Shohei’s splitter is in rare territoryMost runs added per 100 pitches in a season for a single pitch, 2002-18 2T. Lincecum’08GiantsSlider636.50 15M. Redman’06RoyalsCutter744.54 All of this obviously comes with the usual small-sample caveats and then some. (It’s barely been one week!) As “the book” comes in on Ohtani and his uber-out pitch, it’s unlikely that he’ll continue to befuddle hitters quite so much with the splitter. One of the things that makes baseball’s core pitcher-batter duel so great is that it’s a constantly evolving chess match of adjustments and counteradjustments. Right now, though, Ohtani is winning that battle on the mound.Of course, his success as a hitter can’t be overlooked. But there are at least a few signs that Ohtani might cool down from his early 1.310 on-base plus slugging start at the plate. According to Baseball-Reference.com, his batting average on balls in play — a sign of how lucky a hitter has been — is .364, well above what’s considered sustainable. Of further concern: He’s striking out four times for every walk, swinging at the first pitch far too frequently (1.5 times as often as the average batter) and getting himself into a good hitter’s count3Defined as either a 3-0, 2-0 or 3-1 count. about half as often as the average batter. A full 50 percent of his fly balls have left the yard, which is also an extremely unsustainable rate. As MLB pitchers see him more often, Ohtani will probably go through more growing pains as a hitter than he will as a pitcher.But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the sheer excitement of what he’s already accomplished. According to research from MLB.com’s Mike Petriello, the maximum outputs from Ohtani’s Statcast data — gathered by radar and cameras that track every move made on the field — show that Ohtani possesses an arm that can throw harder than 87 percent of pitchers, a bat that can launch balls faster than 89 percent of hitters and legs that run faster than 84 percent of base runners. As unreal as the hype was around Ohtani before he ever played an MLB game, somehow the beginning of his career has exceeded it. We can only wait with anticipation for what comes next.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Commentary Sullinger needs to stay calm for Buckeyes to succeed

Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo pitied Ohio State Jared Sullinger after Saturday’s game. After helping guide MSU to a 58-48 win against the Buckeyes, Izzo made an obvious statement, saying that Sullinger faces an increased scoring burden when his Buckeye teammates, like senior guard William Buford and sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas, who shot a combined 4-of-24 from the field, struggle to score. “(Sullinger) is so hard to guard and I just thought today … (Buford) had not a very good game and Thomas didn’t have that kind of game,” Izzo said. “Then everything falls on poor Sullinger.” Everything didn’t fall on “poor Sullinger,” though — he fell apart on himself, and grasped at the limbs of the opposition while he fell. Sullinger bundled 17 points and 16 rebounds with 10 turnovers in OSU’s loss to MSU at the Schottenstein Center. He was 5-of-15 shooting from the field, and was, at times, visibly disturbed by Saturday’s proceedings. When he wasn’t complaining to the referees, OSU’s sophomore forward appeared to jaw with Spartans’ senior forward Draymond Green throughout the game, emerging after some of the not-so-friendly conversations grinning and looking to the crowd for encouragement. In the second half, Sullinger hauled Green to the floor, grabbing the MSU player’s leg after falling. It should be noted that no foul was called on either player after the incident, and the two forwards shook hands at midcourt during the next stoppage in play. Make no mistake — the act of tripping Green was deliberate. It was a result of Sullinger losing his cool and one of them could have sustained an injury as a result. After the game, OSU coach Thad Matta said he wasn’t sure if Sullinger’s frustration on Saturday equaled previous bouts of in-game discontent, adding that the big man was a positive force in team huddles throughout the contest. “I’m not sure I saw frustration like I’ve seen him have before,” Matta said. “I thought he did a pretty good job of playing through all the things.” That’s a scary thought because it certainly appeared that Sullinger had blown a fuse. Sullinger is a fantastic player, but the focus didn’t appear to be there at times on Saturday. OSU can’t afford to have him fly off the handle like that because one more loss could put the Buckeyes out of the running for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Izzo is right. Sullinger clearly makes the Buckeyes go. That’s why the team needs him to keep his cool in the final six games of the regular season, as well as the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. Sully, just keep your hands to yourself and let’s get on with it. read more

Govt wants more big name hotel brands likes the 12storey resort idea

first_img Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Aug 2015 – The talk to determine what the public is thinking when it comes to the Ritz Carlton project to develop a 12-storey building on the Grace Bay strip last night drew many to the Gus Lightbourne Gym; some estimated hundreds. The Minister of Finance and Investment, who also has the portfolio for ‘Physical Planning’ led the discussion which was also aired live on national radio. Minister Washington Misick said the country needs to move away from its dependency on one big hotel brand carrying the bulk of its tourism popularity. While the Minister did not say Beaches Resort Villages and Spa, it is well known that over 700 rooms are at the property and that Beaches is responsible for some 25% of room inventory in the country. Hon Misick brought to light that in 1985 a law was developed to govern the area of height density, and that it was a decade ago in 2005 that the policy was changed to allow for taller developments. The minister labeled the dialogue as a ‘grown up’ conversation and called on those who would make contributions at the meeting, to not be swayed by negatives about the project. It was clear, and he stated as much, that the PNP Administration is strongly in support of the project coming to fruition saying the country could use another luxury, internationally recognized resort brand. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:12 storey, grace bay, pnp, washington misick TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unitelast_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday January 3 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, January 3, 2019:#1) Pints & Pages At Pancho’s CantinaThe Wilmington Memorial Library is hosting its monthly Pints & Pages (social book club for 20 and 30-year-olds) meeting at 7pm at Pancho’s Cantina. Instead of discussing a particular book this month, meet up to share your latest favorite reads, watches & listens! Plus get great recommendations from others. Bring along at least two (books, movies, series, podcasts, etc.) to share! If you don’t have it in hand, that’s okay! Just remember the title. Register HERE.#2) Board Game Design For Teens At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a Board Game Design workshop for teens. Have an idea for your own board game? Bring it to life! Over the course of six sessions, you will come to understand the process from start to finish through instruction by a professional board game designer, while you work on your projects at home. Space is limited. Grades 7-12. Registration is full, but there is a waiting list HERE.#3) Lego Building At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Lego Building session from 3:45pm to 4:45pm. Build a unique LEGO creation.  For Kindergarten & up! No registration required.#4) Drop-In Meditation At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a meditation class at 12:30pm. Join technology librarian Brad McKenna for his weekly drop-in meditation sessions. It will be a mixture of silent and guided meditations. The Insight Timer app will be used so you can continue your practice at home. No registration required.#5) Wilmington Recreation Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, September 5, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, July 11, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

NASA Rolling Stones Robert Downey Jr secret is out They named a

first_img 15 Photos Mars oddities NASA, the Rolling Stones and Robert Downey Jr. are up to something NASA Curiosity rover did not find a damn robot leg on Mars NASA spots odd heart-shaped objects on Mars and beyond Sci-Tech Comment The Rolling Stones Rock name is informal, but NASA says it will appear on working maps of the planet.Perhaps this will inspire Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to rework some of their classic songs, like If You Can’t Mars Rock Me, Street Fighting Martian or Paint It Red (Planet). “I’ve seen a lot of Mars rocks over my career,” said NASA geologist Matt Golombek. “This one probably won’t be in a lot of scientific papers, but it’s definitely one of the coolest.”Downey agrees. “Sometimes the world does seriously cool stuff,” he tweeted after the reveal.NASA shared a hype video showing an animation of InSight landing on Mars set to the tune of the Stones’ It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It). center_img NASA Space Hello “@RollingStones Rock” Who could hang a name on you? Um… us!When @NASAInsight touched down on the Red Planet, its engines sent a rock rolling across Mars’ surface. We named it for the band. Take a closer look and learn how #MarsRocks get named: https://t.co/xY0TfoksJP pic.twitter.com/BZlABAMaZJ— NASA (@NASA) August 23, 2019 1 Tags Share your voice This NASA animation shows the InSight lander pushing Rolling Stones Rock. NASA/JPL-Caltech Some day a long time from now, an astronaut tour guide may step out onto the dusty surface of the Red Planet, point to a small stone just beyond NASA’s silent InSight lander and announce, “And that, my friends, is Rolling Stones Rock.”Let’s just let that sink in. There is now a rock on Mars that’s known as “Rolling Stones Rock.” rollingstonesrockEnlarge ImageForget Tumbling Dice. We’ve got a tumbling Mars rock. NASA/JPL-Caltech The Stones took to the stage in Pasedena, California on Thursday night for the band’s No Filter tour. The Rose Bowl venue is close to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Somehow Robert Downey Jr. got entangled in all of this. The Iron Man actor made the Mars rock announcement before the band played.It all started with a mysterious teaser video from Downey earlier on Thursday. “This may be the most exciting thing I’ve ever done,” Downey said, which may be the overstatement of the year. It’s not just any old Mars rock. NASA’s InSight lander touched down on the planet in November 2018. The machine’s thrusters disturbed the golf ball-sized rock, sending it rolling 3 feet (1 meter) across the ground.”It’s the farthest NASA has seen a rock roll while landing a spacecraft on another planet,” the space agency said in a release on Thursday. An image of the rock shows the trail it left behind on the dusty ground.last_img read more

Airtel 4G ads misleading operator asked to stop airing them

first_imgThe Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has served a notice to India’s largest telecom operator, Bharti Airtel, terming its advertisements to promote 4G services as “misleading”.The self-regulatory body for advertising content in India has asked the operator to withdraw the advertisement.”The claim in the ad, ‘Airtel 4G is the fastest network ever’ and ‘If your network is faster, we will pay your mobile bills for life’, is misleading by omission in the absence of appropriate disclaimers in the print, TV, hoarding advertisements. The advertisement contravened Chapter 1.4 of the code,” said the notice.The advertisement was rolled out after Airtel announced its nationwide launch of 4G services in August.”We have advised the Advertiser to withdraw or to modify appropriately the said advertisement before 7 October 2015 or seek a review of the decision. If you continue to see the advertisement after the due date, kindly bring the same to our notice,” said the ASCI notice.The ASCI move comes in the wake of a complaint filed by a customer whose identity could not be traced, Livemint reported.Airtel said that it has asked the ASCI to review its decision and is furnishing data to defend its promotion of 4G service through the advertisement.”We are confident of getting a favourable response from them,” an Airtel spokesperson, told The Economic Times.”4G technology is proven to deliver the fastest Internet experience, and the same has been accepted globally. As the only commercial providers of this world-class technology in India, our advertising campaign revolves around the 4G promise of fastest Internet speeds and features a set of claims that are based on rigorous test conditions,” said a statement from Airtel.last_img read more

Financial Express editor Moazzem Hossain buried

first_imgMoazzem HossainAHM Moazzem Hossain, editor and publisher of The Financial Express, was laid to rest in the city on Thursday.He was buried at Azimpur graveyard around 1:15pm after his fourth and final namaz-e-Janaza at the National Press Club.Hossain, who had long been suffering from heart and lung complications, died at a city hospital on Wednesday evening at the age of 73.His first janaza was held at his residence at Ramna Estate Complex, 124 Boro Maghbazar around 10:15am while the second one on the Financial Express office premises around 11:20am and the third one at Southeast Bank’s head office around 11:45am.Later, his body was taken to the National Press Club where his fourth janaza was held around 12:25pm.Editors, senior journalists, Press Club members, politicians, business leaders and friends and well-wishers of Hossain attended the janaza.last_img read more

Now more time to probe puppy killings

first_imgKolkata: State Health department has extended the duration of the probe into the killing of puppies in the NRS Medical College and Hospital by one month.The Health department had earlier in January instructed to complete the probe within 60 days but it has not been done so far. As a result the department is forced to extend the duration of the probe by a month. A senior official of the health department said that they could not arrive in a consensual decision on the basis of the probe. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThose who are conducting a probe have sought some more time. On the basis of the request by the investigating team, the health department officials agreed to provide them another one month for the completion of the probe. According to the official, the decision will be taken against the accused on the basis of the report submitted by the investigation team. NRS Medical College and Hospital authorities assured stringent action against the accused involved in the killing of 16 puppies. The autopsy report suggested the puppies were beaten to death. A video corroborated the fact and showed two women hitting the puppies with an iron rod. The incident had taken place on hospital campus. A separate probe has been initiated by the city police and a case against some unknown persons has been lodged. Hospital authorities formed a three-member committee to probe into the incident. They earlier assured that action will be taken against the guilty. Two nursing students were arrested for their alleged involvement in the incident and they were later released on bail.last_img read more

The 46th IHGFDelhi Fair comes back

first_imgThe 46th edition of world’s largest IHGF-Delhi Fair was inaugurated by Ajay Tamta, Union Minister of State for Textiles at state-of-the-art exhibition venue India Expo Centre and Mart at Greater Noida on October 14.The inauguration ceremony took place amidst the overseas buying community arrived in India to source home, lifestyle, fashion and textiles products from more than 110 countries. The extravaganza of Indian handicrafts will be taking place in the capital until October 18. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhile inaugurating the fair, Ajay Tamta said that this fair has played a vital role in increasing exports of handicrafts from the country and has acquired a special importance for handicrafts sector as overseas buying community finds this fair to be the most effective sourcing medium for their requirements and that the Indian exporting community considers this as the most effective marketing medium for their merchandise. “The reason behind its success is that fair is very useful both for buyers and sellers. Participation by over 3200 exhibitors in this fair and visit of overseas buyers from over 110 countries shows its popularity amongst Indian handicrafts exporting and importing community,” he added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveLater, on the second day of the mega-fair, Giriraj Singh, Union Minister of State for MSME gave away the Guild certificates to nine framers working in picture framing segment. Along with Giriraj Singh, some eminent personalities like O P Prahladka, Chairman–EPCH; Jesmina Zeliang, President of the fair; Mohan Singh Bhati and Ahmed Akberali Sundrani, Vice Presidents of the fair; R K Passi and Sagar Mehta, Vice Chairmen – EPCH among others. While distributing the Guild Certificates to the winners, Giriraj Singh stated, “Soul of India resides in the Handicrafts sector and this sector keeps us close to the roots of our culture.” He further elaborated by saying that seven million artisans and crafts persons wholeheartedly working in different craft clusters are the backbones of this sector and we should make all-out efforts to increase their livelihood. He also appreciated EPCH for giving them the opportunity to display their intricate craftsmanship in this show, generating employment for them as well as providing technical support for enhancing designs of their products to compete in the world market. MSME Minister further said that Handicrafts sector can only be flourished when these artisans are paid the real value for their skills. Whatever progress handicraft sector so far has made, it is because of hard work of the artisans and crafts persons of India. “EPCH in collaboration with Manish Gourisaria, Joint Managing Director of M/s Lion India has taken unique initiative to upgrade the Picture Framing Industry in India by conducting GCF training programme for the Indian Framers in association of Fine Art Trade Guild, London, UK to enable the framers in acquiring higher skills and quality of workmanship and accommodate different levels of framing with the bespoke market to International standards,” said Rakesh Kumar, ED – EPCH. The training programme for the fair was held from March 12-17 in Kolkata. The world-renowned master trainer, Stephen Finney GCF (APF) Adv. from Germany and UK had conducted this course. 18 participants from all across the globe, came to Kolkata to participate in the above course and appeared for the exams and among them, nine participants have passed the Guild Certified Framers examination successfully. The winning participants include Vivek Dhar from Meghalaya, J Anto Amalraj, Tamilnadu, Chandrashekar, Karnataka, among others.last_img read more