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Little Big Man

Posted By Alex Belth On May 11, 2011 @ 4:30 pm In 1: Featured,Baseball Musings,Yankees | Comments Disabled


Nice piece on David Robertson by Bob Klapisch today [2]:

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.

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[2] Nice piece on David Robertson by Bob Klapisch today: http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/baseball/klapisch/051111_Klapisch_Little_David_Robertson_comes_up_big_for_Yankees.html

[3] Post 34 Baseball: http://www.post34baseball.com/

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