Romano only threw six total curveballs last season. With decent, tight break, it feels like it could be better utilized moving forward to spell his ineffective fastball.
Romano’s fastball sits 95-97 mph with some serious tail. Sometimes good, this type of movement can lead pitches that start inside (to lefties) to break directly over the plate. Luckily, he still got this one past Thames.
Romano’s slider has been his most effective pitch throughout his career. Incredible downward movement for how hard he throws it (14% better than average, 87 mph), Romano has used his slider to strike out 33.4% of opposing batters since his debut in 2017.
Romano almost completely ditched his four-seam in favor of the two-seam fastball. In year one of the pitch, Romano failed to induce swings outside the zone or generate swings and misses at an average clip. Romano may need to look into decreasing the number fastballs he throws and increasing his slider usage to gain more success.
While Romano saw his zone contact rate on the slider increase, he was more successful in terms of results thanks to a .205 BABIP. Romano is able to use the slider as a put away pitch that can also generate ground balls. Romano needs to increase the slider’s zone rate to make it a truly great offering.
The changeup is used early in the count to keep hitters off balance. Romano generated zero strikeouts on the pitch after 127 thrown. It does get ground balls half the time, but with a .364 batting average against, Romano should continue to search for a secondary offspeed pitch.
Romano essentially eliminated his four-seamer and switched to a two-seam fastball largely because he wasn’t getting anyone out, evidenced by a .500 batting average against. The pitch lost nearly one mph of velocity and had less horizontal and vertical movement which allowed hitters to square it up with regularity.