This is not a space for in-depth analysis. There are no secrets in Jason Motte’s game, no wrinkles and very little deception. Jason Motte has a pretty simple game plan: blow you away. He might alternate between a beastly two-seam fastball and a patently unfair cutter to do so but, let’s be real: with Motte on the hill, you’re getting the heat.
Jason Motte is a fine relief pitcher. He throws very, very hard, making him very, very difficult to hit. That’s about it. He is command is good enough and his pitches — all three fastballs — move enough to keep hitters off-balance.
From ESPN Stats & Info, behold a heat map of Jason Motte’s release velocity.
Jason Motte isn’t striking batters out at his regular season rate and he’s kind of pitching all the time but who cares? Relief pitchers in the playoffs are the ultimate canon fodder for the “Flags Fly Forever” ethos.
Without the overpowering velocity, Motte’s just a guy throwing fastballs. Incredible, diving, unhittable fastballs. Get in while the getting is good. This ride won’t last forever.