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The Death of a Cutterballer

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Litsch is gone! Demoted to AAA in favour of David Purcey (who has been quietly having an amazing season in AAA). Cito had this to pass along from Arnsberg about what could have been causing his recent struggles:

“We’d like him to work on sinking the ball away a little bit more and not throwing as many cutters as he’s been throwing in the past,” Gaston said. “I think he’s got to use his fastball a little bit more.”

This is pretty much the same thing that they’ve been saying about Litsch since he came up – you can’t throw a cut fastball as your main pitch. I wonder if it’s true, though; the big difference between the really good Litsch of the start of the season and the really terrible one lately has been a complete lack of command, not any change in pitch selection.

Maybe too many cutters wears out your arm and affects control? Or maybe it just took slightly longer for hitters to adjust to him (since he’s pretty much the only one of his kind), and then he started getting rattled when his bread and butter started being hit hard. Anyway, it would be great if Jesse could find a consistent sinker (or rediscover his change) – contrary to popular belief he isn’t really a soft tosser, just incredibly inconsistent over his career so far. But thankfully, A.J. Burnett has decided to take him under his wing and give him some tips on how to unlock his full potential:

“It’s time for him to figure himself out,” said Burnett, who added that he planned to talk to Litsch before he left.

Dear god. Oh well, the kid had a good run…


Written by halejon

July 24, 2008 at 1:03 am

Posted in Seriousness

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  1. Speaking of Burnett, what the hell was going on with his pitches tonight? His curveball looked totally fucked. He’s awesome though, and man are we ever gonna miss him. Can’t say that enough.


    July 24, 2008 at 1:13 am

  2. You’re thinking maybe some rival GM’s read this blog? 🙂

    I was going to look at that but got sidetracked. I know he dropped his arm down a few times and there were a few curveballs that looked totally different from each other- one a 12-6, and others mostly going sideways like they were at the start of the year. Manana…


    July 24, 2008 at 1:32 am

  3. “The kid had a good run.”
    And then a really bad run.


    July 24, 2008 at 2:09 pm

  4. One by one the three buddies are being separated
    [Litsch, McGowan, Marcum]


    July 24, 2008 at 10:09 pm

  5. Good thing we didn’t give them a stupid collective nickname.


    July 25, 2008 at 4:43 pm

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