Regarding pitch counts: Lackey vs. Verlander

With all the discussion during the ALCS broadcast about pitch counts, Peter Gammons looks at the 2013 season performance of John Lackey and Justin Verlander as their pitch counts increase.

They both have held opposing batters to a .219 batting average after 100 pitches but Verlander’s home run rate sees a steady increase from 1.4% (1-50 pithches), 2.7% (51-100 pitches) and 3.8% (101+ pitches). Unlike Verlander, Lackey’s home run rate decreases over time but it also starts at 3.9% (1-50 pitches) and eventually drops to 3.1%.

Read the Gammons Daily story.

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