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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Andy Marte pitches in

Who was the Indians' best pitcher in today's 11-4 loss to the Yankees? Undoubtedly, that honor belonged to third baseman Andy Marte. With the game out of hand, Marte pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning, picking up a swinging strikeout of Nick Swisher along the way. Marte looked pretty solid after falling behind leadoff hitter Robinson Cano 3-0. In addition to his third strike on Swisher, he picked up another swing and miss off of the third batter he faced, Marcus Thames. He threw his pitch (I guess you'd call it a fastball?) in the 80s, maxing at 89.2 mph on his final pitch to Thames.

What fun things you'll see in a sloppy blowout. Some time before the end of the season, I'm going to prepare a post dedicated to all of the position players who have pitched recently.

Gameday PITCHf/x data is from MLBAM.

**EDIT** Apparently, Marte was intentionally throwing a sinker; he learned the grip on the fly from Fausto Carmona. Here's the video of Marte's appearance. His pitches had nice downward action and arm-side tail.

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