Yoda wrote:Curtis Pride wrote:Most closers throw their "one pitch" about 80% of the time.
Until 2002, Mariano threw his fastball 95% of the time. Then he developed the cutter, and now he throws the cutter about 80% of the time.
I think if someone throws a pitch 80% of the time, that's a "one pitch" guy.
Mo is the exception not the rule.
Then So is Papelbon (82% fastball), Broxton (75% fastball), Valverde (75% fastball), BJ Ryan (80% fastball), Soria (74% fastball) Jenks (72% fastball), Fuentes (73% fastball), and the vast majority of closers out there. Only a few (K-Rod, Nathan, Lidge) split their pitches evenly among a couple pitches. Most have about 75% of their pitches (I said 80%, close enough) being their "one pitch". The rest are to set up their go-to pitch.
This is all on Fangraphs.
So yes, the problem with Motte isn't that he only has one reliable pitch. If there is a problem, it's because that one pitch isn't good enough.