Garland Smokes The Jays
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?