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.