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2010 Ely Mania, Elevation, and the Weather

The Isotopes are adding a humidor, which will hopefully make it a little friendlier to be a pitcher. Because of the kinds of things that pitching in that kind of environment can do to a pitcher's confidence and mechanics, the Dodgers have had many of their top pitching prospects skip Albuquerque, like Kershaw and Jansen. Anyway, all this talk about the Isotopes, elevation, and humidity got me thinking about John Ely. Ely didn't have a great 2010 or 2011 as an Isotope, but he had a fun May as a Dodger in 2010. My girlfriend is still at her night class and I'm bored. So I made a quick spreadsheet showing Ely's 2010 starts a Dodger, the rough elevation of where he was pitching, the humidity for that day, and all the stats Baseball Reference is willing to spit out.

Here's the spreadsheet.

Ultimately, I don't know if this spreadsheet shows anything interesting about the effects of elevation and weather on Ely. Ely probably hadn't spent enough time in Albuquerque for any changes to his mechanics to really show. Ultimately, Ely wasn't ready for the majors.

But boy did 2010 suck!

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