pitching from the stretch for Strasburg. In his fourth start of the season on Thursday night, Strasburg struck out 10 and allowed two runs over seven innings Thursday night in Atlanta.
Strasburg is averaging seven innings per start to go along with a 2.09 FIP and 2.89 ERA. (Heís averaged 5.9 innings per start for his career.) Perhaps working from the stretch allows for more repeatable mechanics and, by extension, control and efficiency. For his career, Strasburg has thrown 45.9% of his pitches in the strike zone, 49.4% last season. Through four starts this season, Strasburg has recorded a zone rate of 51.5%.
But itís not just about filling up the zone; itís also about throwing quality strikes. Perhaps simplified mechanics can also help Strasburg better locate his fastball. Despite its velocity, Strasburgís four- and two-seam fastballs found way too much plate too often in 2016. Consider his two- and four-seam fastball heat map against right-handed hitters last seasonÖ