To summarize: his stuff is basically back:
- Fastball averaged 91.5, -7.86 horizontal, 6.28 vertical
- Cutter 87.0, 1.83 horizontal, 5.38 vertical
- Curve 73.3, 7.26 horizontal, -8.00 vertical
- Change, 83.8, -7.3 horizontal, 7.46 vertical
The velocity obviously is encouraging and as he builds arm strength I can still see him picking up even a full mph. I already loved his cutter to an unnatural degree, but imagine facing two pitches that come in on nearly the same plane from the same arm action and relatively close velocity......and then end up nearly 10 inches apart. Good luck. And then you have to watch out for a sweeping curve that breaks 8 inches down. Oh and then he's added a "pitchable" changeup throwing it a little less than 10% last night. Not a big fan that it has the 7.46 vertical movement (more than the fastball....god knows how he's doing that) but it's his 4th pitch and a hitter would be a fool to be sitting on that so it's going to play up.
I love watching Carpenter pitch. I can't wait till he gets his command back.