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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Burnett changes it up

A.J. Burnett threw 14 changeups in his win against the Twins this afternoon.  Burnett is typically four-seam/knuckle-curve with a handful of sinkers within a game, but he and Russell Martin decided to go more to the change against the Twins' lefty-heavy lineup.  

  • It was the highest number of changeups Burnett had thrown in a game since September 3rd, 2008, when he was a member of the Blue Jays.  He threw 14 against the Twins in that game, too.
  • The only time in the PITCHf/x era (beginning of the 2008 season) that he's thrown more than 14 changeups in a game was on July 9th, 2008, when he threw 15 against the Orioles.
  • On a rate basis, Burnett threw the highest percentage of changeups (14.1%) today than he had in any other game dating back to the beginning of the PITCHf/x era, save for an abbreviated start against the Blue Jays last September 27th. 
  • The increased percentage of changeups wasn't solely a productive of the left-handed heavy lineup.  His percentage of changeups against lefties of 17.7% was the third highest of any start over the past three years. 

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