Just in time for first pitch, Jeff Francis and the Rockies visit Wrigley for a four-game set, starting tonight. The Rockies are injury depleted and in need of a good start. The Cubs have hit lefties well this year. Here's the PFX on Francis. He hasn't seemed to throw a slider this year, but it may be hiding in the cloud. I'm also not splitting a fastball by seams with this guy.
total LHH RHH
CH 167 26.8% 28.1%
CU 72 19.6% 10.3%
FA 360 53.6% 61.6%
599 112 487
Spin movement from catcher's perspective, measured in inches.
An unimpressive fastball, a decent change-up and a very good curveball. I suspect this guy relies on command and location with the breaking stuff, because, with that fastball, he can't afford to fall behind. The change, apparently, is the last-line of defense. I'm not properly set-up to look at pitch sequencing by count, but I think I need to get that done. That could help explore this matter. So can watching the game tonight.