This Tuesday, Dylan Cease takes on Justin Verlander at the guaranteed price track, the match of your average AL Cy Young voter’s dreams. To count the important stats, Verlander currently leads the MLB with a 1.85 ERA and leads Cease an inch in fWAR; He stood just behind him in the ERA at 1.95, although he is half a step ahead of Verlander in rWAR. As for the stats that don’t matter, Verlander has 15 wins against Cease’s 12. In terms of narrative prowess, this is Verlander’s first year after Tommy John; At exactly the same level of the comeback story, Cease earned a 3.91 ERA last season, when he was the fourth best bowler in the White Sox tournament. But then the White Sox lost Carlos Rodon to free agency and Lance Lane to injury, Dallas Keuchel gone irreparably sloppy and Lucas Giolito in a wide variety of tragedy. Suddenly, Dylan Cease shows up standing in mid-August, boasting a brand new facial hair, which is pretty good, and the White Sox presiding over the rotation with an Era under 2.00, which he certainly is.
Going into this Tuesday’s game, Cease will try to extend his 14-game streak starting with one or fewer runs earned, dating back to May 29. he is Tied with Matt Whistler and Ren Stanek for the longest streak like this In MLB history, though, if you ask a novice to throw three or more runs in each game, he becomes the only bowler to accomplish this. Ever. It’s longer than Jacob Degrom’s 12-game streak in 2021, or Bob Gibson’s 11-game streak in 1968 (although Gibson, being Gibson, made 17 more runs than stops), or Christy Mathewson’s nine-game series that It dates back to when Stathead began counting in 1901. The downtime wasn’t necessarily flawless during this time period. He allowed 10 extra rounds not to be credited to him, thanks to a White Sox defense in early 2022 that would have sent Keith Hernandez into early retirement, if he was forced to watch. If you adapt all allowed operations, the . file The line drops to 11 It starts on June 14.
Since those quirks in early June, he’s been untouchable, often quite literally. The Cease is the perfect archetype of the modern MLB shooter—the ’90s high-speed volley, high spin with things swing and miss, and boasts ridiculous hit rates (12.2k/9, for those who keep score at home) with average control. A third of the players facing him shoot the hit, one tenth of a rally, and it’s up to the rest of the players to do anything about. So yeah, if you’re distressed by the general state of attack in baseball, stopping is enemy #1. You can eye-popping foreign material scrutiny by the referees which could result in a fast-paced spinning graph that looks like this is, or flamethrowers like Joey Gallo even though the poor guy has had enough already this season, or find sadness in Cease’s success. Verlander also got the tight fastball and attacks, but at least he’s not Walking No one dear God.
But look at all of those numbers—turnover, strike, walk, and jet rates—and you’ll find they’re barely changed from last year. He has a marginally greater number of strikes and walks, but the strike-to-walk ratio is about the same. Its average turnover is actually lower than last year. The whiff on the Fastball rose slightly; I’ve downloaded the puffs on its slider. None of that explains the early recovery era gap of about 2.00 between then and now. Perhaps this is his position. Cease has always been conservative on the hill, but he’s come off this season looking like out set meager masks, and that means something. Most likely, what happens comes in 57 percent of the times someone ends up making a connection and – to take the discussion out of the four-tailor world – what they do with their slider.
In the era of launch angles and “just hit the ball hard,” Cease stopped Improvement in important communication metrics. Hitters no longer lift the ball as much – their average shooting angle was 18.5 degrees in 2021, but only averaging 13 degrees in 2022. Fewer balls are hit than where the sweet bat is. He flew two miles per hour from average exit speed, lowering his swipe percentage — the percentage of balls hit at exit speeds of more than 95 mph — by about six percent. And all this helps the percentage of barrels, or barreled balls – the platonic ideal for contact with an exit velocity of more than 98 mph within a given range of launch angle, a precise definition that may surprise you in baseball as in real life (42 gallons) – a 6.4 drop per cent, down from 9.9 per cent last season.
Cease’s slider might not explain all of that, but it does explain a lot of it, not to mention that it’s one of the most interesting parts of watching him play. WOBA, an all-out offensive metric, has stayed the same against its Fastball since last year, while curve and change ball performance has been worse. but stop very thorny Slider now sitting At 87.2 mph, a fair mark better than last year’s 85.9 mph. As stated in James Vegan Early June Blog About the changes he made stops on his slider, the slight increase in the speed of cracking balls is huge. Average vertical motion on a Cease slider may be less extreme from -38 inches to -36 inches, but if you’re able to throw a crushing ball above 85 mph, The profile of the stadium itself is much less important; If you’re able to keep a great deal of movement on your court while still picking up speed, as Cease did, you won’t be stopped.
Hitters hit 0.11 and .174 against the Cease slider for a wOBA total of .170. Clearly he wasn’t satisfied with last year’s wOBA slider of .238, which is for Balbi pitchers with 3.91 ERAs not competing for Cy Young. And not only are his slider elements great, which they are, or speculators can’t hit it, which they can’t, but he uses it all the time. Shooters usually adjust their ammunition after more time in the league. A perfect example of a fastball glider, Clayton Kershaw has turned to his slider as his home field since 2020, after his Fastball started losing speed. Tom Tango I was on the “Slides are the best baseball stadium” train. For some time now, Cease—who doesn’t lose speed in a fastball, but throws his slide more anyway—has been riding this train to great success. And this is how you end up with a volume graph that looks like this:
Dylan Cease took the Clayton Kershaw way to throw the slider so much that it was no longer a secondary field at all. why not? If this is your best offer, throw it more. After all, this is also how you get the most value. The run value is a cumulative statistic that adds, for each step, the number of cycles you save based on the change in runability (for a more detailed explanation see over here). By this scale, the Cease slider, who saved a total of -31It’s the best stadium in baseball, by far.
Cease-Verlander Match should Makes a great presentation of the text. By nature of baseball hype, she also has a good chance of becoming an all-around champion. Except for the highly improbable, match should not be Set the AL Cy Young race, or become a turning point in either team’s season come matchday, the White Sox are currently hovering on the cusp of admission. But Dylan Cease, and his slider, perhaps.