Umps Last 2 Games
So on Tuesday I’m going to do the live blogging thing and mainly abuse Rance Mulliniks, as it will be the last time I listen to him again before going all radio all the time. Last year I sorta liked him because he was just grouchy to Jamie and provided some players’ perspective. But now he just tries to predict every single pitch, deals heavily in the pop psychologizing that fills the airwaves nowaday, encourages a player to be “aggressive” at least twice an inning, and makes up ridiculous shit if he doesn’t know the answer to something.
Particularly laughable was the idea today that Jon Garland throws a “heavy” sinker, while Roy Halladay’s is just a normal sinker, due to the fact that Garland’s was natural from birth while the Doc actually had to learn how to throw his. Wanna know what the difference is between the two? Garland’s is not quite as good or as hard. Hance he doesn’t get as many ground ball outs, and isn’t as good a pitcher. Done!
One of the recurring themes on TV today was that the umpires have been garbage over the last two games. So here’s how they treated the Jays starters:
Tabbed on that last one was a pitch that Vladdy really didn’t like being called a strike, which probably was but probably isn’t called one too often- and btw, just under that is the non-call that made Burnett groove one for Rodriguez’s first home run. Anyway, all in all looks like it was in the Jays’ favour- now what I really want to see is a decent angle of that play at third in the 9th where Barajas faked Hunter off the bag and may have had him…