Counterpoint: Haeger’s knuckler was really working

In yesterday’s article, I asked if the Marlins could approach historical levels of strikeouts by a team.  An outside shot, no doubt, but they had 12 strikeouts at the hands of a knuckleballer and were terrible at not swinging at pitches.

Dave Allen at Fangraphs posted this today and it’s a very good read about the effectiveness of knuckleballs.  Apparently Haeger was getting movement on his pitches similar to Tim Wakefield, the pinnacle of a modern-day knuckleball pitcher.  That could explain why there were so many strikeouts yesterday, but dang.  Imagine if he keeps that up all season.


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