Trent Blank's Turnaround
10:25 P.M. SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2012
It's been pretty well documented that Trent Blank went to a lower arm slot late in the year last season. It was suggested by pitching coach Trevor Mote, and since using the new arm slot for the first time at TCU on May 10, 2011, Blank's results have been phenomenal.
Here's what his arm slot looked like before the change:
Since making the change, Blank's arm slot looks like this:
Here's a breakdown of his results since the change:
Before (2/9/09 - 4/30/11):
6-4, 6.15 ERA, 98.0 IP, 124 H, 73 R, 67 ER, 37 BB, 1.643 WHIP
After (5/10/11 - present):
8-0, 2.59 ERA, 55.2 IP, 43 H, 16 R, 16 ER, 18 BB, 1.096 WHIP
Blank has won eight straight decisions dating back to his last two in 2011. He leads the Big 12 with a 6-0 record, ranks third with a 1.76 ERA, fifth with 41.0 innings pitched and fourth with a .186 opponents' batting average.
He's allowed only 26 hits in 41.0 innings pitched - 22 singles and four doubles. In his most recent start on Saturday against Kansas, Blank allowed only four singles in 6.0 innings, and three of those were infield hits. He also threw a career-high 107 pitches, struck out eight (one shy of a career high) and walked just one.
In four of his eight outings this season, Blank has worked at least 3.0 innings and allowed no more than one hit out of the infield. Baylor has gone 8-0 and outscored opponents 57-15 in the eight games Blank has pitched in this season.
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