Home At Last
Pretty good home opener! Half the game was a pitcher’s duel between Shaun Marcum and Wakefield, and then we had some fireworks from Stairs and (gasp! Poor Marcum…) Drew, and a little 2-out big hit redemption for Frank Thomas. Throw in some comedy in the form of a keystone cops routine from Overbay on the bases, a couple of streakers towards the game and a huge fight in the stands, and that’s entertainment.
Anyway, the big question on everyone’s minds has to be what was Marcum doing out there to limit a great lineup to 2 hits?! Except for one pitch, he was unbelievable, even striking out 8. Anyway, yes, he actually followed through on what he said he was learning in spring training and threw a 2-seamer that had more sink than tailing action (almost like a splitter?). He hardly hit 90, but (as pointed out a while back) he changes speeds more than most pitchers. He also mixed up all his pitches, throwing all of them reasonably often through the night, although leaning on his cutter and new sinker heavily:
Pretty much covers the entire spectrum. ARE there an other pitches??