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Staturday: Street Signs -- UPDATED!!

Two of the more interesting stories for our beleaguered team this year are closer Huston Street and setup man and AN author Brad Ziegler. Having read the title (and not being an Angels fan), you...

How fast should a fastball be? -- The Hardball Times

Which is the better pitch: an 87-mph fastball on the outside corner or 96 down the middle? [...] So, what did I turn up with this analysis? Well, keeping in mind the sample size and other caveats previous mentioned, I think I've learned that 1. fastballs outside don't depend much (if at all) on speed for their effectiveness; 2. conversely, inside fastballs are more effective the harder they are thrown (this one I already knew); 3. most of the observed effect appears to come from home runs: outside pitches are rarely hit for homers and when they are, a fast pitch is as likely to be hit out of the park as a slow one; 4. a pitch thrown hard is more susceptible to the ump's bad call than a soft toss.

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