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Friday, August 16, 2013

Carlos Torres Fun Facts

Carlos Torres Fun Facts:

Mets Pitcher Carlos Torres has had two stretches in which he’s looked really good. He allowed three earned runs in the first 28 2/3 innings after his recall. And in his past 10 innings, he’s allowed just one run.

This is a carryover from the end of his time in Las Vegas, where he allowed three earned runs in his last 32 innings. Torres had never had an extended stretch of major league success prior to this season. In 44 previous appearances with the Rockies and White Sox, he had a 5.97 ERA, with a poor strikeout-to-walk rate (77 to 52).

Torres has an excellent strikeout-to-walk ratio (33 to 7) and he’s allowed home runs at a respectable rate (four in 41 2/3 innings).

Torres’ offspeed stuff carried him through his strong start, a combo of a curve and slider (some may call the latter a cutter or a splitter). In his 17 relief appearances, those pitches have retired 59 hitters and yielded only 14 baserunners.

His rates of both called strikes and “chases” (hitters swinging at pitches out of the strike zone), particularly with his secondary stuff, were considerably lower than they’ve been this season. So his track record of success is limited.

Torres also rates high in working out of jams. Opponents are 3-for-35 against him with runners on base in his relief appearances. He’s also inherited eight baserunners, none of whom have scored against him.

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