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Brad Hand’s average fastball velocity has taken a small dip that can make a big difference.
Corbin’s velocity on his fastball and make-or-break slider dipped in 2020, too, but he is only 31 and there is no reason to believe he can’t physically respond.
His strikeout rate sagged, if only marginally, and his fastball velocity was just a tick lower than usual.
He saw a nearly identical distribution of fastballs and breaking pitches.
In total, the Dodgers have five average-or-better starting pitchers, including Dustin May, their fifth-ranking arm, whose fastball averages 99 mph, tops in the majors.
If you have that side already, it’s easier to add to the fastball or develop pitches.
Last season also saw the breakout of 26-year-old Frankie Montas, who began using a split-finger fastball to increase his strikeout rate.

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