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Garland Smokes The Jays

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Even though he settled down, it seemed to me that Litsch was getting was hit hard today and it could have been a lot worse than eight hits and six runs. There were a lot of big cuts at hanging pitches instead of the broken bats and jam shots when Jesse is on his game. As even Rance could predict, he big hits today were on a tee – or the broken record location I go on and on about, fastballs down and in:

Notice the huge clump of cutters just off the outside corner. If half of those are a couple of inches in, he doesn’t have to float as many cutters in. I forgot to mark it, but the call that Hunter complained about after striking out was cutter off the plate 3.5 inches or so to the lower left.

Of course, putting pitches on a tee isn’t such a problem when you’re facing the @#$@#$!! Jays. Garland wasn’t exactly dominating with just 3 strikeouts, but he only allowed 6 hits as well. Here’s where all the outs came from:

His location wasn’t even that good- I guess he must have been changing speeds well and keeping them off balance, because those are some exceedingly mashable pitches. Incidentally, it’s not so surprising that Garland has such a great record against them because the Jays as a team are absolutely terrible against Changeups, hovering around the Mendoza line (although pitch f/x calls a lot of splitters Changeups). Would you have guessed they’re a fastball-hitting team?


Written by halejon

July 6, 2008 at 8:20 pm

Posted in Seriousness

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  1. the more things change, the more things stay the same…after another weak ass road trip, it’s clear: this team (and by team i mean hitters) stinks…


    July 6, 2008 at 10:35 pm

  2. “And then, one Thursday, nearly two thousand years after one man had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change, a girl sitting on her own in a small café in Rickmansworth suddenly realized what it was that had been going wrong all this time, and she finally knew how the world could be made a good and happy place. This time it was right, it would work, and no one would have to get nailed to anything. Sadly, however, before she could get to a phone to tell anyone about it, a terrible, stupid catastrophe occurred, and the idea was lost forever.” — Douglas Adams

    I know just what that feels like, after tonight’s game.


    July 7, 2008 at 12:55 am

  3. How does this relate to our suckfest against lefties?


    July 7, 2008 at 3:17 am

  4. I don’t know if it does…you mean the changeup thing? Or the lack of fastball thing?


    July 7, 2008 at 3:46 am

  5. Possibly the changeup thing, since many see the changeup as a pitch to get opposite-handed batters out with.


    July 7, 2008 at 12:37 pm

  6. How did you come across this? I know Gameday shows pitch location but this is one of the most organized charts post-game I think I’ve ever seen.

    Ryan S.

    July 8, 2008 at 12:07 pm

  7. I macroed it up in Excel from the raw data. Scroll down and there’s movement charts too. There are other sites where you can the gameday data for a game like Brook’s or Small Ball to the Long Ball, though.


    July 8, 2008 at 12:43 pm

  8. Ok I’ll look up L/R splits on the changeup when I can.


    July 8, 2008 at 12:46 pm

  9. I forget, did we want League as the setup man?


    July 10, 2008 at 9:23 pm

  10. Meh, didn’t end up mattering.


    July 11, 2008 at 2:27 am

  11. Mr. Hale, some people were complaining that the strikezone was floating during the Litsch start on Saturday (July 12th). Could you check that out for everyone, please?

    brent in Korea

    July 14, 2008 at 3:31 am

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