Monday, August 19, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, August 19, 2019 -- "Thinking Inside the Box"

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"Gausman had already become a two-pitch pitcher in Atlanta, emphasizing his fastball and splitter and throwing just a small handful of sliders and changeups all year long. In four games out of the Reds’ bullpen, Gausman has a 2.57 ERA and has struck out 11 of the 27 batters he’s faced. His fastball velocity has jumped just a half a tick, from 94 to 94.5, but his real gain has come in attacking hitters, throwing 70% strikes out of the pen."