Remember when John Maine threw his slider? Neither do I… Here is Maine’s pitch selection by inning and type from Sunday Night:
Per fangraphs, here is his pitch selection by percentage by year :
In 2007, Maine’s best year, he threw his fastball the least of any of his MLB seasons, using an off-speed pitch 33% of the time. His slider percentage was the highest of any of his full seasons.
Sunday, he threw his change extensively at the expense of his slider. Coming into the night, he was throwing his slider 30% of the time in 2010. What’s this mean? He wasn’t working in the same way as he had when he had his greatest success. What else does it mean? Suggestions?