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November 16, 2021 Morning Edition: Red Sox News Roundup

This is your Red Sox Stats, News, Rumors, and Commentary Roundup for the Morning of November 16, 2021.

A Look at Red Sox Pitchers’ Contact Metrics

Ryan Brasier

Hitters hit 14% of their contacted balls in play as line drives. The average exit velocity on all hits off Ryan Brasier is 87.0 and the average launch angle is 3.2 degrees. Hitters hit 14% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 30% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 0% of balls in play are infield fly balls. Hitters hit the ball hard on 24.3% of their contacted balls in play. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 13.5% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 5.4% of the time.

Garrett Whitlock

Hitters hit 20% of their contacted balls in play as line drives. The average exit velocity on all hits off Garrett Whitlock is 87.7 and the average launch angle is 7.5 degrees. Hitters hit 20% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 30% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 8% of balls in play are infield fly balls. Hitters hit the ball hard on 31.0% of their contacted balls in play. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 15.7% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 4.1% of the time.

Hirokazu Sawamura

Hitters hit 13% of their contacted balls in play as line drives. The average exit velocity on all hits off Hirokazu Sawamura is 89.5 and the average launch angle is 11.3 degrees. Hitters hit 13% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 35% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 12% of balls in play are infield fly balls. Hitters hit the ball hard on 29.0% of their contacted balls in play. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 15.9% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 10.9% of the time.

Chris Sale

Hitters hit 21% of their contacted balls in play as line drives. The average exit velocity on all hits off Chris Sale is 84.6 and the average launch angle is 5.7 degrees. Hitters hit 21% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 32% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 6% of balls in play are infield fly balls. Hitters hit the ball hard on 23.5% of their contacted balls in play. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 22.6% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 3.5% of the time.

Darwinzon Hernandez

Hitters hit 23% of their contacted balls in play as line drives. The average exit velocity on all hits off Darwinzon Hernandez is 88.2 and the average launch angle is 10.9 degrees. Hitters hit 23% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 31% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 7% of balls in play are infield fly balls. Hitters hit the ball hard on 32.6% of their contacted balls in play. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 16.3% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 5.4% of the time.

Josh Taylor

Hitters hit 26% of their contacted balls in play as line drives. The average exit velocity on all hits off Josh Taylor is 88.5 and the average launch angle is 12.0 degrees. Hitters hit 26% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 30% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 14% of balls in play are infield fly balls. Hitters hit the ball hard on 24.4% of their contacted balls in play. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 21.1% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 8.9% of the time.

Tanner Houck

Hitters hit 20% of their contacted balls in play as line drives. The average exit velocity on all hits off Tanner Houck is 87.2 and the average launch angle is 10.0 degrees. Hitters hit 20% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 32% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 9% of balls in play are infield fly balls. Hitters hit the ball hard on 34.5% of their contacted balls in play. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 20.5% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 8.2% of the time.

Nathan Eovaldi

Hitters hit 23% of their contacted balls in play as line drives. The average exit velocity on all hits off Nathan Eovaldi is 88.0 and the average launch angle is 12.8 degrees. Hitters hit 23% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 35% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 12% of balls in play are infield fly balls. Hitters hit the ball hard on 27.1% of their contacted balls in play. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 16.7% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 6.3% of the time.

Matt Barnes

Hitters hit 12% of their contacted balls in play as line drives. The average exit velocity on all hits off Matt Barnes is 89.8 and the average launch angle is 18.0 degrees. Hitters hit 12% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 46% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 19% of balls in play are infield fly balls. Hitters hit the ball hard on 36.2% of their contacted balls in play. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 19.0% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 9.5% of the time.

Adam Ottavino

Hitters hit 21% of their contacted balls in play as line drives. The average exit velocity on all hits off Adam Ottavino is 86.1 and the average launch angle is 11.8 degrees. Hitters hit 21% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 39% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 10% of balls in play are infield fly balls. Hitters hit the ball hard on 23.3% of their contacted balls in play. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 20.9% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 4.9% of the time.

Hansel Robles

Hitters hit 18% of their contacted balls in play as line drives. The average exit velocity on all hits off Hansel Robles is 91.1 and the average launch angle is 11.9 degrees. Hitters hit 18% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 39% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 7% of balls in play are infield fly balls. Hitters hit the ball hard on 36.3% of their contacted balls in play. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 14.5% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 11.2% of the time.

Nick Pivetta

Hitters hit 19% of their contacted balls in play as line drives. The average exit velocity on all hits off Nick Pivetta is 89.7 and the average launch angle is 16.7 degrees. Hitters hit 19% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 43% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 14% of balls in play are infield fly balls. Hitters hit the ball hard on 33.4% of their contacted balls in play. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 16.6% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 8.2% of the time.

Martin Perez

Hitters hit 24% of their contacted balls in play as line drives. The average exit velocity on all hits off Martin Perez is 88.6 and the average launch angle is 10.2 degrees. Hitters hit 24% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 33% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 8% of balls in play are infield fly balls. Hitters hit the ball hard on 33.0% of their contacted balls in play. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 18.3% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 9.3% of the time.

Eduardo Rodriguez

Hitters hit 22% of their contacted balls in play as line drives. The average exit velocity on all hits off Eduardo Rodriguez is 86.5 and the average launch angle is 12.3 degrees. Hitters hit 22% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 34% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 11% of balls in play are infield fly balls. Hitters hit the ball hard on 27.9% of their contacted balls in play. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 16.6% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 6.8% of the time.

Garrett Richards

Hitters hit 21% of their contacted balls in play as line drives. The average exit velocity on all hits off Garrett Richards is 91.1 and the average launch angle is 10.6 degrees. Hitters hit 21% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 32% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 12% of balls in play are infield fly balls. Hitters hit the ball hard on 35.9% of their contacted balls in play. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 17.2% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 8.5% of the time.

Now onto the News, Rumors, and Commentary…

“The Tigers have made the biggest move of the 2021-22 offseason to date, reportedly agreeing to terms on a five-year contract with free agent starter Eduardo Rodríguez. The deal comes with a $77MM guarantee and can max out at $80MM, depending upon incentives. The contract also affords Rodriguez the opportunity to opt out of the contract. MLBTR’s…”

Above is the summary of: Tigers To Sign Eduardo Rodriguez… tap or click to check out the full article.

“In front of a good infield defense someone who leans on a sinker more than half the time like Matz does year in and year out can succeed. If Matz were someone they were targeting to be their top starting pitcher to come in this winter, then yes that’s horribly disappointing. On the most basic level, of course it makes sense for the Red Sox to have at least some interest in Matz as he is a viable major-league starter and they are in need of at least a couple viable major-league starters. But whether Matz is a logical target or someone to actually be excited about is a different question and one I want to tackle today.”

Above is the summary of: Potential Offseason Target: Steven Matz… tap or click to check out the full article.

“Where does that leave the Red Sox now in the rotation? (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal) John Tomase wonders where they will turn now that they know they will have to look outside the organization for a replacement. (Ben Clemens; FanGraphs) Some sad news from the Red Sox family, as we learned on Monday that former Boston shortstop Julio Lugo passed away. The Boston Red Sox lost their first big free agent on Monday when Eduardo Rodriguez made a quick decision in his free agency and signed a five-year deal with the Tigers. (Julian McWilliams; Boston Globe) Chad Jennings has a great story on the friendship between Garrett Whitlock and Tanner Houck.”

Above is the summary of: Daily Red Sox Links: Eduardo Rodriguez, Garrett Whitlock, Julio Lugo… tap or click to check out the full article.

“Lugo signed with the Red Sox in December 2006 and started 139 games at shortstop the following season. Lugo played four seasons apiece for the Astros and Rays (then-Devil Rays), as well as three for the Red Sox, winning a championship ring with Boston in 2007. Not many players drafted so low go on to enjoy significant big league careers, but Lugo would eventually appear in 1,352 MLB games and accrue more than 5,300 plate appearances. Lugo was born in Barahona in the Dominican Republic but went on to play at Connors State (Okla.) College before the Astros selected him in the 43rd round of the 1994 Draft.”

Above is the summary of: 12-year MLB vet Julio Lugo dies at 45… tap or click to check out the full article.

“Ahead of the 40-man roster deadline this Friday, here are five ranked Rule 5-eligible prospects that have made the most of those Arizona Fall League auditions and three who haven’t done themselves many favors ahead of the AFL’s final week (all stats are through Nov. There are many purposes to the Arizona Fall League. The AFL is a chance for Rule 5-eligible players to prove to their parent clubs that they are worthy of a 40-man spot. MLB Network analyst Yonder Alonso even mentioned in Saturday’s Fall Stars Game broadcast that he thought of the AFL as a showcase of his talents for everyone in baseball when he played there as a Reds prospect in 2009, and that was before he was Rule 5-eligible.”

Above is the summary of: Downs strengthens case for roster spot… tap or click to check out the full article.



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