Thoughts On Colorado Rockies’ Reliever Rex Brothers’ Release Points

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Jul 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies pitcher R. Brothers (49) delivers a pitch during the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Coors Field. The Rockies won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

July 11 vs Atlanta: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 15 pitches (4 strikes)

Brothers’ first outing in the big leagues in 2015 didn’t exactly go as planned, as he was removed from a tight game against the Braves while only recording one out — and throwing four strikes.

Here are the release points on his 15 pitches from July 11:

The point of view on these plots are from the catcher’s perspective (hence his release point on the right side of the graph as a left-handed pitcher), and as you can tell, it’s about six and a half feet off the ground, and roughly three feet off the invisible line extending from the very center of home plate out to the center of the pitcher’s rubber.

And here are the locations (talk about a scatter shot!) of his 15 pitches from that same day:

Remember the relationship between his release points (relatively consistent in nearly the exact same place pitch after pitch after pitch), and his scattershot results (all over the strike zone, high, low, in, and out). Spoiler alert: that relationship will continue over his next two outings, too.

Next: July 12 vs the Atlanta Braves