Commentary

Breaking down the AL aces

Pitch f/x data explains the success of Sabathia, Lee, Liriano and Price

Originally Published: October 5, 2010
By Dave Allen | FanGraphs

In the American League playoffs, all four teams have a lefty as their ace -- CC Sabathia, Francisco Liriano, Cliff Lee and David Price -- and using Pitch f/x, we can isolate data on one pitch that makes these southpaws so successful. Let's start with Sabathia, who is relying on a new weapon this year.

Sabathia's sinker