If I can keep it up all month, 31 days of positive posts! There's going to be enough negativity going around with the Cardinals not in the post-season.
John Gant changed the way he delivers the ball over the 2017-2018 offseason and it seemed to pay dividends for him.
Minor League numbers through 2017:
105 games, 565 1/3 innings
3.42 ERA, 1.270 WHIP, 0.573 HR/9, 2.89 K:BB
Minor League numbers in 2018:
8 games, 49 innings 1.65 ERA, 1.245 WHIP, 0.918 HR/9, 2.63 K:BB
MLB numbers 2016-2017:
27 games, 9 starts, 7 games finished, 67 1/3 innings
4.81 ERA, 5.01 FIP 1.515 WHIP, 1.5 HR/9, 1.94 K:BB
MLB numbers in 2018:
26 games, 19 starts, 1 game finished, 114 innings
3.47 ERA, 4.07 FIP
1.298 WHIP, 0.7 HR/9, 1.67 K:BB
Thanks to Baseball Savant's latest imagery (errr, sorcery?) we can visualize John Gant's pitch arsenal. Two-thirds of John Gant's pitches (at least in 2018) were either sinkers or change ups. Those are his best two pitches and they have very similar action but have an 11.7 mph difference, making them harder to differentiate. His sinker has an above average revolutions per minute while his change up is below average. His sinker is in the zone 58% of the time while the change up is out of the zone 58% of the time. His changeup has 2 less inches of horizontal movement, but drops nearly twice as much as his sinker vertically!
My favorite stat for John Gant this year is not pitching related at all. The dude has two hits in his major league career. Those two hits were both home runs this year! Bwahahaha.
Positive October Day 14, in the books!
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