Roegele: Strikeout pitch sequences, by location

From SABR member Jon Roegele at Beyond the Box Score on August 8, 2013:

Recently, I skimmed the surface of the complicated subject that is pitch sequencing by looking at the most common two and three-pitch sequences of pitch types employed by big league pitchers to strike out hitters. While the type of pitch tells us one piece of information, there are obviously other aspects of these pitches that play a role in their overall description and effectiveness.

Today I’m going to revisit the same data set from 2013, but this time focus on pitch location. For now, I’m breaking up location into its horizontal and vertical components. At least for me, I would like to see each pitch characteristic separately first, and let some observations based on those results direct the next level of inquiry. As before, I will examine both two-pitch and three-pitch sequences.

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Originally published: August 9, 2013. Last Updated: August 9, 2013.