Control hasn’t been Joe Kelly‘s forte over the course of his eight-year career. In 2016, for example, the right-hander issued 24 free passes in just 40 innings of work. Overall, he has unintentionally walked 267 batters in 676 2/3 innings.
It wasn’t surprising, then, to learn that Kelly accidentally broke the window of his own house while outside practicing throwing his change-up to a makeshift target. On her Instagram story posted on Wednesday, Kelly’s wife Ashley posted the video. She followed it up with a narrated video, captioned “Throwing Program is going well,” of her discovering the shattered window. Ashley said, “Wondering how quarantine is going? Joe is working on a change-up.” Then her phone camera pans to the window. She said, “Yeah, that’s cool. Rad.”
Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly smashed a window while working on his changeup in his backyard 🤣
(via ashleynicokelly/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/GcmbaReyKN
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 16, 2020
Kelly explained what he was throwing:
Here is your broken window explanation (courtesy the @Bradfo_Sho) … https://t.co/z6LESHaYPv pic.twitter.com/CN36InaHxD
— Rob Bradford (@bradfo) April 16, 2020
According to Baseball Savant, Kelly threw his change-up 12.6 percent of the time last season. Batters actually didn’t fare well against it, batting .241. That’s lower than batters’ aggregate performance against his four-seamer (.259) and his sinker (.368).