• JosephLuchok

    One thing Hughes does well is get hitters to swing at pitches out of the zone.  Fangraphs did a chart recently showing he had the best such rate in the majors last year.  Entire article here

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/a-tardy-farewell-to-the-anti-deceiver/

    • http://www.thisisgettingold.net Rich

      Very good read. Thanks. Another thing that Hughes was very good at last year was inducing double plays. He did so at an EXTREMELY high rate.

    • shamtown

      JosephLuchokVery good read. Thanks. Another thing that Hughes was very good at last year was inducing double plays. He did so at an EXTREMELY high rate.

  • Michael Brown

    To be enthralled with “missing bats” is to forget (or never know) the great phrase by Sandy Koufax:  “I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.” 
    All of the best pitchers have figured this out.

    • http://www.thisisgettingold.net Rich

      I don’t necessarily disagree with that, I just think we have other guys, with fewer options who can pitch to contact like Hughes AND miss bats.

    • shamtown

      Michael BrownI don’t necessarily disagree with that, I just think we have other guys, with fewer options who can pitch to contact like Hughes AND miss bats.