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At Baseball Daily Digest, I use Pitch F/X to illustrate just how brilliant Pedro was in his start last night against the Gigantes.
As you can see, eight of the nine strike threes came on a fastball of some kind (four-seam, two-seam, or cut). The first four strikeouts started with something off-speed. As the game progressed, Pedro relied more and more on his fastball: 14 of the 16 pitches thrown in the last three strikeouts were of the fastball variety, including 10 four-seamers.
More impressively, eight of the nine strike threes came on swing-and-misses. Aaron Rowand was the only one to get a backwards K.