Splitsville: Kurt Isenberg(v1.1)

Splitsville: Kurt Isenberg(v1.1)

"Splitsville" is a series of articles on the Blue Jays prospects that we'll be doing throughout their minor league careers. In version one/chapter one (v1.1) of Kurt Isenberg, we'll look at a variety of "splits" from his 2005 season with the Dunedin Blue Jays and examine his play in more detail.

Kurt Isenberg was a fourth round pick in the 2003 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays and performed well until last season when he got a midseason promotion to the Florida State League. The left-hander posted a 5.61 ERA in 2004 with Dunedin in fourteen starts, but rebounded this past season to go 12-8 with a 3.54 ERA.

Road Rules: Isenberg enjoyed pitching on the road during the 2005 season. The left-hander posted a 2.68 ERA in seventy-four innings of work and allowed twelve walks, to his forty-nine strikeouts. The left-hander allowed less runs when he pitched away, and also walked less and struck out more on the road. However, Isenberg posted the same exact record (6-4) both on the road and at home, as well as the same batting average against mark (.261).

Marvelous May/Awesome August: Isenberg was superb during the month of May and continued that success as the season concluded. In six starts during May, he went 3-2 with a 1.91 ERA. Opponents hit just .227 off him and in thirty-seven innings, he issued just ten walks and struck out thirty-three batters. As good as the left-hander was during May, he was even more impressive in August. Over his last five starts of the season, the 23-year-old was a perfect 4-0 with a 1.45 ERA. Opponents hit .216 off the left-hander, who walked three batters and struck out fifteen. Over the last eleven starts for Isenberg, he went 6-2 with a 2.38 ERA. In those sixty-four innings he walked eleven batters.

No Major Difference: The left-hander's pitching numbers against right-hand hitters and left-hand hitters appeared similar. However, many teams sat down their left-hand hitters in games that Isenberg pitched. Left-handers hit .242 off Isenberg in 120 at bats, while right-handers hit .266 off him in 444 at bats. The one major difference in his game was that Isenberg induced more ground balls to right-hand hitters, and more fly-balls to left-hand hitters. This shows that Isenberg had success with his changeup when facing right-hand batters.

Situational Pitching: When looking at different situations in which the left-hander pitched in you will not notice a glaring difference. When leading off an inning opponents hit .227 off Isenberg. With the bases empty, Isenberg posted a .254 batting average against mark, while with runners on base opponents hit .271 off him. With runners in scoring position, opponents hit .260 off him. With runners on base and two outs, Isenberg got out of the inning 77% of the time without allowing a hit.

Let Me Get In a Groove: Isenberg's inning-by-inning numbers show he was most dangerous in the middle innings and was susceptible to the hit early and late in the games. In the first inning of the game 30% of the batters reached base, while in the second inning 28% of the batters reached base. In the third and fifth innings Isenberg showed the most success as opponents hit just .240 and .213 respectively off the left-hander. Isenberg allowed his most runs in the first inning of the game.

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