Vinnie Vincent Invasion was an ’80s hair band led by a former KISS guitarist named, as fate would have it, Vinnie Vincent. I’ve mentioned this before, but I once saw them open for Iron Maiden at Long Beach Arena. Pink amplifiers everywhere.
I’m still traumatized, thanks for asking.
Nick Vincent, on the other hand, is a reliever for the Padres. He traumatizes right-handed batters.
We’ll save the how and why for some other day. For now, let’s all revel in the glory that is Vincent. Here are pitchers with the lowest opponent OPS by right-handed hitters over 2013-2014, minimum 200 plate appearances (thanks, as always, to Baseball-Reference’s Play Index):
First off, Fernández is a freak, or at least was before his injury. For baseball’s sake, here’s hoping he gets well soon.
Second, Vincent is sandwiched between two elite closers. It sort of makes you wonder if he might also be closer material. I mean, really, what’s the difference between Kimbrel, Vincent, and Holland?
Hint: here’s how those guys have fared against left-handed batters over the last two years:
Turns out, the trick to being an elite closer is to dominate everyone. Who knew?
Cold shower time. Here’s a group of Vincent’s peers against lefties over 2013-2014 (minimum 150 plate appearances):
Fortunately 56 percent of plate appearances in 2013-2014 were by guys batting right-handed. So in Vincent’s case, you end up with someone who pitches like:
- Kimbrel/Holland 56 percent of the time
- Maness/Williams 44 percent of the time
Out of an 18th-round draft pick? I’ll take that any day. Beats a stack of pink amps, anyway.