If you’re a Milwaukee Brewers fan as I am you love relief pitcher Josh Hader. When he’s called upon by manager Craig Counsell don’t you have an incredible feeling of confidence that he’s going to get the job done?
Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight website uses statistical analysis — hard numbers — to tell compelling stories about elections, politics, science, economics and sports.
Here’s an excerpt from today’s read:
The Milwaukee Brewers reliever has struck out an absurd 50 percent of batters faced this season.
But what’s perplexing about Hader’s whiff rate is that hitters know what’s coming: He is going to throw his four-seam fastball. Hader turns to his signature pitch on 88.6 percent of his throws…Yet batters are whiffing on 44 percent of their swings against Hader’s fastball, the top mark in the majors.
So what makes it so effective?