Umpire Report – Marcum vs. Royals
Just a quick look at the calls tonight- pretty decent. Marcum was painting the outside corner, but he should be getting those calls (about 2 inches off the edge of the plate is the league average call by umpires). I also marked the pitch Guillen hit out with a big yellow dot- it’s probably not possible to throw a slider in a worse spot. What a shame, otherwise that was artistry all night on the mound.
For the Jays, just one minor monstrosity to Zaun in the 9th (maybe he was farting all night or something?). The strange thing is two pitches later, he got one that was two inches closer and called a ball. Maybe the ump told him he made a mistake? The big red circle is the fringey first pitch to Lind in the 8th.
Also marked are the 13 @#$#@$ grounders that Hochevar induced (as compared to only 2 fly balls). That’s some excellent sinker control- down, or in on the hands (like the double play ball that sawed off Vernon’s bat). Why do the Jays always seem to find raw kids with great stuff on the one day they put it all together?!