Who doesn’t love a 91 mph changeup that registered as a Money Pitch in 2019. A tasty 7.0 pVal along with a 16.4% whiff rate on a pitch that has a viscous cut is pretty handy as his secondary offspeed pitch.
While statistically dominant, Thor’s curveball remains near league-worst in terms of horizontal movement. Looking more like a loopy slider, its average velocity was down nearly 3 mph in 2019 which aided a 5-inch drop. Nevertheless, he has not surrendered a walk with his curve in 3 full seasons while it generated a 42.9% K rate last season.
Thor’s heater touches 100 mph pretty often and it is an electric pitch to watch. It provokes a healthy number of pop-ups with a 33.3 IFFB% and severely limits home runs thanks to a 8.8% HR/FB rate. He needs better command on the outside of the plate to snare more whiffs, as his 19.1 K% just won’t cut it.
The strikeout pitch he relies on the most, Thor’s slider was legit boasting a 42.8 K% and 56.% groundball rate. A stinkingly low .194 xWOBA is just want we like to see. More of the same, please!
The sinker is Syndergaard’s main offering and has velocity flirting with the upper 90s. It has nice break down and inside to righties.
The slider is Syndergaard’s primary breaking ball, and it averages 92.1 mph. It has a decent zone rate, but awesome whiff and chase rates.
Thor’s four-seamer is his No. 3 pitch, just behind his slider. It sits in the high 90s and occasionally hits triple digits. Batters didn’t struggle against the pitch like they have in the past, whiffing at lower rates than ever.
Syndergaard’s changeup comes it at a sizzling 90.4 mph with significant downward movement. It’s his fourth pitch, but it was effective in 2018, allowing a career-low .204 batting average.
Syndergaard’s curveball is his fifth pitch, and it’s a tight breaker with strong whiff, chase and zone rates. It’s his only offering that averages under 90 mph.