Game 124, Felix Day in Cleveland
I’ve been a baseball fan since I can remember, and I still can’t quite get used to games that start at 9, 10 AM, where your beverage of choice is coffee instead of Coke, or a beer.
A couple notes on Felix while perusing his Fangraphs page: his groundball percentage this season’s as low as it’s ever been (at 51.7%, last year was 2nd-lowest by a hair at 52.1%), which is significantly off his career numbers. His HR rate, though, is also way down, bettered only by his 2005 partial-season mark, when he was a groundout machine.
Or look at his pitch type distribution, for that matter, and how much different the precentages of breaking pitches is.
It’s sometimes a wonder to me that Felix has managed to get here, considering how many managers (four) and pitching coaches he’s had in his years as a Mariner. And thank goodness he did.
Happy Felix Day.