Pitching Ratings determine a pitcher's skills, abilities, and outcomes on the mound when facing batters. Here's a breakdown of each rating:
- Pitchers with high PO ratings excel at throwing effective fastballs, hard sliders, and splitters.
- They generate more strikeouts and make it challenging for batters to get hits.
- Power pitchers may give up more home runs and fly ball outs.
Notable power pitchers include Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, and Sandy Koufax.
- Pitchers with high FI ratings rely on changeups, curveballs, and generally deceptive pitches.
- While they may not achieve high strikeout numbers like power pitchers, they effectively get batters out.
- Finesse pitchers keep batters off-balance, leading to fewer extra-base hits. They induce more ground balls than fly balls.
Prominent finesse pitchers include Greg Maddux and Tommy John.
- Pitchers with high CO ratings have precise aim, enabling them to throw the ball where they intend.
- This affects walks, strikeouts to some extent, and even the opponent's batting average.
- A high CO allows pitchers to confidently hit the corners and stay ahead in the count.
- Pitchers with high CO excel at minimizing walks.
Notable pitchers with high control include Mike Mussina and Christy Mathewson.
- Pitchers with high SY ratings possess unique skills and techniques that set them apart.
- They utilize strategies and pitches that other pitchers don't, maximizing their effectiveness. *Specialty can elevate an average pitcher's performance or enhance a good pitcher's abilities.
- SY is the only rating not affected by fatigue and can complement other high ratings.
Phil Niekro and Charlie Hough are examples of pitchers with high Specialty ratings.
Hold Runner (HR)
- The HR rating measures a pitcher's ability to deter base stealing and pick off runners.
- Pitchers with high HR ratings excel at holding runners on base.
- This reduces stolen base attempts, decreases success rates, and improves the chances of picking off runners.
- It also hinders runners from taking extra bases or breaking up double plays.
Pitchers like Andy Pettitte and Terry Mulholland are known for their ability to hold runners.
- Pitchers rely on up to four different pitches, listed on their player card.
- These four pitches that can vary based on their skills.
- These pitches may change over time as their skills evolve.
- The primary pitch, considered their best pitch, is listed first.
- For example, finesse pitchers may throw changeups, sinkers, and curveballs, while power pitchers may rely on splitters and fastballs.
- Some pitchers effectively throw unconventional pitches, often referred to as "garbage."
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