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Nice piece on David Robertson by Bob Klapisch today:

How he destroys hitters is a secret that baseball technology is only beginning to understand, but Robertson was at his blow-away best against Kansas City. After getting Aviles to fly to center, Alcides Escobar and Chris Getz whiffed.

How? Because neither Royals hitter had a chance against Robertson’s 82-mph curveball.

Why? Because both hitters had been battered by the ferocity of Robertson’s fastball, which, although clocked at 93 to 94 mph, has the signature of a 97-mph heater.

That’s made possible by Robertson’s enormous push-off from the mound – a full 7 feet from the rubber, the most behind Tim Lincecum. Last month, Sports Illustrated profiled a Dutch company, Trackman, which extrapolates virtual speed from actual velocity and distance from the plate. Robertson can add as much as 4 mph to his fastball because he’s closer to the hitter than other pitchers. The average major league stride is 5 feet, 10 inches.

…That’s the beauty of his gift: Robertson doesn’t have to repeat any internal monologue to get his legs into gear. Instead, in times of stress, he thinks about the machinery of strikes-throwing, watching as hitters struggle to catch up to his heat, deciding when it’s time to unleash the killer curveball.

[Photo Credit: Post 34 Baseball]

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1 RIYank   ~  May 11, 2011 4:43 pm

Excellent. I really like Klapisch. But I love D-Rob.

He's the Any Inning Guy. Gimme Good AJ, with a quick hook before he turns into a psychological wreck, maybe a little Boone just for Mattpat, then D-Rob in the toughest spot of the game, and Mo FTW.

2 a.O   ~  May 11, 2011 4:51 pm

Actually, according to Michael Kay he did hit 97 on the gun once against KC last night. It looked every bit of 97 to me too. The Alabama Stopper.

3 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  May 11, 2011 5:14 pm

"maybe a little Boone just for Mattpat"

Oh, God, that slays me!

4 kenboyer made me cry   ~  May 11, 2011 5:40 pm

[2] The Alabama Stopper? Shades of Deliverance.

5 a.O   ~  May 11, 2011 6:32 pm

[4] Exactly. His stuff is "purdy mouth" scary.

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