Jeremy Hefner, his fastball, and his efficiency

In yesterday’s 2-1 win over the Astros, Jeremy Hefner allowed a run on five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in eight innings.

Hefner pitched into the ninth inning, but was removed after he allowed a run – thanks to a dropped flyball by Lucas Duda in left field.

“Even though I gave it up, I’m still happy, because we won the game,” Hefner said afterwards. “If we lost the game, it probably would have been a little different emotion.”

Hefner took a no-decision, but improved his ERA to 4.65 for the year.

“This was the best results I’ve had, obviously,” Hefner said. “I felt good. Pretty much everything was working. … I battled and made some pitches when I had to and they were really aggressive. I just tried to use that to my advantage.”

Michael Baron, Contributor

Hefner established his fastball, worked both sides of the plate, and worked quick. It was textbook pitching. 64 percent of his pitches were fastballs, which he threw for strikes 74 percent of the time. Unfortunately, his complete game and shutout were spoiled by poor plays behind him by Kelly Shoppach and Duda. He ended up with a no-decision, but he was terrific all day long. His start, as well as his body of work this season, should play well for him when the team is looking at pitching depth come March.