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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:
Marcum\'s palette

Pretty much covers the entire spectrum. ARE there an other pitches??

Written by halejon

April 5, 2008 at 5:21 am

Posted in Seriousness

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  1. Now he just needs to master Wake’s knuckler, maybe pick up that gyroball.

    jwjays

    April 5, 2008 at 8:36 am

  2. Other pitches:

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eephus_pitch

    &

    I wouldn’t recommend Marcum look into either of them!

    Harold

    April 5, 2008 at 12:34 pm

  3. I think he needs a screwball.

    Bryant Telfer

    April 5, 2008 at 3:58 pm

  4. I guess I should have qualified this as pitches that anyone has thrown this century (eephus) or that actually exist (gyroball). Hmmm….nothing wrong with the screwball I guess- except that it eats pitchers arms for breakfast.

    halejon

    April 5, 2008 at 5:39 pm

  5. Shootball?

    Torgen

    April 5, 2008 at 6:07 pm

  6. I guess that’s the same as a screwball.

    Torgen

    April 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm

  7. Ah, the good old shuuto. Still responsible for 1/3 of the hits on this blog. Shuuto shuuto shuuto. Kinda like a tweaked 2-seamer, really….

    halejon

    April 6, 2008 at 2:39 am

  8. the eephus is basically the pitch that ol’ pasqual perez used to toss on occasion for the expos. it’s solely a trick pitch, but according to the article – it is one that has been used quite recently (not just by perez).

    Harold

    April 6, 2008 at 2:14 pm

  9. Hernandez threw some curves, even in last postseason, that could almost be called eephuses. I think they were in the 50s? Of course that’s not really out of line with his fastball, but still ridiculous to see that floating up there.

    halejon

    April 6, 2008 at 5:11 pm

  10. Ah, there’s the call:

    “In the 2007 NLCS, Liván Hernández offered up an eephus to Colorado Rockies player Yorvit Torrealba.[6] Torrealba didn’t swing at the pitch but would hit the game winning home run three pitches later in the sixth inning of Game 3.[7] Hernandez’s pitch registered at 60 MPH on the Coors Field scoreboard.”

    halejon

    April 6, 2008 at 5:12 pm


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