Thanks to Tito and Torgen for pointing out the following quote from Barajas about tonight’s Ryan debacle:
“I felt like the second pitch to me was a ball off the plate and he called it a strike. That’s fine, I’m OK with that,” said Barajas. “Then I see B.J. hit the same spot and it’s called a ball. It’s a little frustrating.
“What you don’t like to see is the strike zone change and for me, from my at-bat to going behind the plate and working it seemed like it changed a little in the ninth.”
Here are all the pitches from Felix Hernandez tonight. If anything, he got hosed a few times (not unusual for a power pitcher). The pitch f/x system went a little wonky for the first pitch of Barajas’ at bat, but the second pitch that he refers to was a rulebook strike 9.75 inches off the plate (the edge of the strike zone is 10), and would even be called another inch or two outside usually because it’s right at the belt. I guess pitches look a little different from the batter’s box, because that was not the same spot or a different zone from Beej’s in the ninth.
How depressing. I want someone to blame, #$@#$@#$!!!. Stupid technology.