Baseball is absolutely swimming in data, to the point that we can basically describe and evaluate almost any event at a subatomic level. Every trackable piece of information is now tracked.
In case you were wondering: Yes, all those eephus-y things thrown by Brett Phillips on Monday night have been precisely cataloged.
Our goal here is to help you extract a few of the most meaningful nuggets of information from the ocean of data already collected since the 2022 season.
Here are six need-to-know numbers after one week of regular season baseball
110.9 — That was the exit velocity on seiya suzuki‘s first major league homer, a three-run bomb off a hanger from Freddy Peralta. suzuki faced Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff and Peralta to open his season and at no point has he appeared overmatched.
Wherever he was drafted in your league, it probably wasn’t high enough.
Suzuki’s power and on-base ability are exactly as advertised. He delivered a 1,069 OPS along with 38 home runs with Hiroshima last season; we’re getting something close to .900 and 30 this year. He launched two more homers against the Bucs on Tuesday.
99.7 — Hunter Greene‘s four-seam fastball averaged 99.7 mph in his MLB debut, which is simply cartoonish. It hardly seems possible. The 22-year-old threw a ridiculous 45 pitches that reached at least 99 mph. Greene may not have been perfect — he allowed two walks, three runs and two homers — but he’s a lock to strike out more than a batter per inning.
24 — Cody Bellinger has struck out 24 times in his last 50 at-bats, stretching back through the beginning of spring training. So that’s, um…worrisome. He has seven hits in that time, all singles. Nothing barreled. Bellinger was a competent hitter in last year’s postseason, you might recall, but he’s been a mess ever since. Unplayable and probably untradable at the moment.
(In the last one-for-one deal involving Bellinger at Yahoo, he was traded for Seth Beer. That might actually be too rich for me.)
18 — Jesus Luzardo coaxed 18 swings and misses from Angels batters in his brilliant 5.0 innings of work on Tuesday, a dozen of them on his curve. He struck out 12 on the night, allowing just two hits, one walk and one run. His fastball from him reached 99.2 mph, up a few ticks compared to 2021. It’s just a single start, of course, but Luzardo was looking ace-like.
0.54 — Seattle right-hander Matt Brash delivered an obscene 0.54 WHIP over three appearances this spring, striking out a dozen batters in 9.1 innings. He issued two walks, three hits and one run. His debut on Tuesday was notable for sorcery such as this:
Did we mention the 99 mph fastball? Well, he’s got one. Brash is gonna be a problem.
0 — This, in case you’ve somehow missed it, is the number of times Steven Kuwan has swung and missed over his first five games. Zero. None.
He’s at 115 pitches and counting without a whiff. He is actually not fair. Kwan is currently 10-for-15 with seven walks and no Ks. The guy hit .327 in the high minors last season at 23, reaching base at a .407 clip, and he homered 12 times in 77 games. I’ll grant that he is probably not gonna hit over .600 this season, but let’s not rule out a run at the batting crown.