The One Hitter – Aaron Bummer

This is the One-Hitter, don’t forget to exhale.

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Today, I want to talk Aaron Bummer.  If you told me before the season started that the White Sox would have a lefty in the pen that is absolutely dominating, chances are I would not have picked Bummer, but here we be.  He’s been dominant, it’s been a short sample size of only 8 IP, but realistically, all reliever sample sizes are fucking small, so let’s enjoy.  He’s got 0.00 ERA, he’s got a 1.62 FIP (which is a fancy stat that tries to remove some of the luck from ERA), he’s got a 76.5% Groundball Rate (Groundball Rate is nice because it is very difficult to hit a groundball home run).  He’s walked basically nobody and struck all the rest out (over 1 K per IP)…..ALL STATS SITED HERE ARE FROM www.fangraphs.com they are awesome!!!

Wha Happend?

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Well, I’m not scientist, but it looks like…….

He’s added velocity

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His fastball averaged 93.5 MPH last year, this year it averages 95.5 MPH.  Now that might not seem like much when you are arguing a speeding ticket or some shit, but for a relief pitcher, that’s pretty sweet.  How’d he get that extra velocity, I dunno, and I dun’t care (don’t assume it’s needle in the butt drugs Chorizy, you fucking jerk!).

He stopped throwing his Slider

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Bummer has thrown that pitch 23.7% of the time for his major league career, but only 3.5% of the time this year.

He started throwing the Cutter (Sorry Aloha Mr. Hand)

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The Coop special is working for someone, praise Jesus!!  From ~11% in 2018 to almost 30% in 2019.

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All this shit sounds good, but now we just have to hope that Ricky doesn’t go all Robin Venture on Nate Jones on this poor kid.

-BeefLoaf

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