Seattle Mariners: Do not be Brashful, Welcome to the Present Matt Brash


The Seattle Mariners rolled out their latest younger starter in Matt Brash, in opposition to Minnesota. He pitched effectively sufficient to win. Sadly, the Mariners’ bats remained frozen, and Brash took the loss. We evaluate his MLB debut.

Making his Seattle Mariners debut this week is Matt Brash. Some followers is probably not as conscious of Brash and his capacity. For many who are within the know, they left his first begin in love with him. He was every part everybody was saying about him.

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Matt Brash versus the Minnesota Twins

Matt Brash was the tough-luck loser in his first Main League begin. He confirmed a number of plus-plus pitches through the outing. General he threw 85 pitches. Listed here are his different surface-level statistics:

  • Innings: 5.1
  • Strikeouts: 6
  • Walks: 1
  • Hits Allowed: 4
  • Runs/Earned Runs: 2
  • ERA: 3.38

These are the statistics that you could pull up from any field rating. What you’ll be able to’t pull up from a field rating are two issues. 1) How nasty his pitchers had been. 2) How exhausting the White Sox had been hitting batted balls.

Was He Actually That Nasty?

All through his outing, Brash appeared completely unhittable, that includes a nasty curveball or knuckle curve as StatCast couldn’t inform the distinction (29 pitches) and a fair nastier slider (22 pitches). He gave up one hit off the slider (solely threw it in opposition to right-handed hitters), and it was taken deep by Sox centerfielder Luis Robert. Apart from that, nobody might contact it.

His curveball was the ultimate pitch for 4 of his six strikeouts, and whereas he additionally gave up two hits off the curve, it proved practically unhittable as effectively. His fastball (30 pitches) averaged 96.3 MPH and peaked out at 98. The pace was elite stage, the spin price (motion) wasn’t elite stage. The truth is, his 2.1 inches of vertical motion would rank close to the underside of the league.

Hit Laborious however Obtained Fortunate

71.4% of the contact resulting in hits or outs had been thought of exhausting hits, in line with Baseball Savant. That’s an extremely excessive quantity and reveals that there was somewhat little bit of luck in Brash’s distinctive outing. Against this, Robbie Ray’s HardHit% was 47.1% in his first begin, and he’s by no means been above 46% for a whole season. Within the occasion that you just nonetheless don’t assume 71.4% is excessive, Logan Gilbert was at 36.4% in his begin in the identical quantity of pitches.

Parting Ideas

In case you watched the sport or have seen the highlights, there may be a lot to be enthusiastic about Matt Brash’s efficiency. The elite spin price he demonstrated on his curveball and his slider present that if he can get them over for strikes, or use them in pitcher counts, he’s going to be dominant. Additionally, the steadiness in his pitches is one thing you don’t usually see in prospect pitching. Lastly, Brash confirmed that he might throw three totally different pitches persistently for strikes.

Joe Swenson is an creator, playwright, screenplay author, and all-around good man. His play, “Remaining Out” is about to make its debut in September 2022.


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