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Fly Ball Extravaganza

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Matt Boyd leads all Major League pitchers in the percentage of fly balls.

1. Matt Boyd, 61.8%.

2. Justin Verlander, 56.8%.

3. Max Scherzer, 54.4%.

Good company! Boyd has a 1.40 ERA, so it's working for him. 2 of his 3 starts were in Comerica Park, so that helps.

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Leonys Martin is 3rd in the Majors in fly ball rate among hitters.

1. Robinson Chirinos, 64.7%.

2. Randal Grichuk, 63.9%.

3. Leonys Martin, 59.3%.

Martin has a batting line of .286/.351/.457 with a 122 wRC+ and has been one of the better Tiger hitters this year.  But he's only hitting .233/.298/.395 at home, once again showing Comerica Park's park factor. 

Interesting that the Tigers would have two extreme fly ball players on the team, one a pitcher and one a hitter.  And both are having really good results because of it.  

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Yeah I noticed that about Boyd yesterday, he only has 11 ground ball outs or something like that.  Pretty weird.

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1 minute ago, Charles Liston said:

Yeah I noticed that about Boyd yesterday, he only has 11 ground ball outs or something like that.  Pretty weird.

stranger still, Boyd does not get anything like the big vertical break Jv does. JVs pop ups are the classic high 4 seam fastball pitcher result, with Boyd it's apparently just the contrast to all the other pitches the throws that go down. Either way, it's a good sign however batters are failing to square Boyd up.

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21 minutes ago, Gehringer_2 said:

stranger still, Boyd does not get anything like the big vertical break Jv does. JVs pop ups are the classic high 4 seam fastball pitcher result, with Boyd it's apparently just the contrast to all the other pitches the throws that go down. Either way, it's a good sign however batters are failing to square Boyd up.

I'm really looking forward to his next start, instead of dreading it.  The most fascinating thing is pitches per inning, 14.74.  What have you done with the real Matthew Boyd?  

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The improvement of Boyd helps offset the Norris disaster.  Maybe he can be the one to save that trade.

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