|The author includes the speed, distance, horizontal angle, vertical angle, and rotational motion for three different pitch types by Jake Arrieta.|
Saturday, October 22, 2016
BELIEVELAND heads to the World Series!
In light of recent events (Go Cleveland Indians!), I started thinking about the physics of baseball. The more I thought about it, it became clear that there are many physics examples in this sport. The article I read is titled, "The Physics of October Baseball in Wrigley". In this article, the author analyzes how the wind might affect the trajectory of a ball after it is hit as well as how it affects the pitch by looking at the average wind speed in the summer vs. the average wind speed in the fall. (I think the author is trying to make excuses for the Chicago Cubs...but I'll try to look past that.) He provides a comprehensive analysis of the different factors that might affect the pitch (i.e. speed of the ball; distance traveled; the rotational motion of the ball; etc.). I included two images of the statistics he recorded. The bottom image includes a "key" above it, which describes what the numbers between the slash lines signify.