Scott Richmond Rundown
Ok, I may have been too dismissive too quick of Mr. Richmond just because he has a made-for-TV movie story behind him. It’s kind of like how everyone hates David Eckstein with a flaming passion (and he rots on our bench) because he’s scrappy and we all know better to be fooled by garbage like that, while Marco Scutaro gets universal praise, plays every game, and bats at the top of the lineup because he’s got “utility”.
Anyway, that was a pretty decent start after all. Seven hits (and four going for extra bases) and three runs isn’t really anything to get excited about, but he didn’t walk anyone and kept the ball down in the zone. He also got some rather sick calls from the ump:
Where he really got burned was…all together now…down and in. Where every pitcher always gets burned (ok, Pena’s a lefty to that was actually a pretty decent back-door slider but still…) Now here’s the pitches he was throwing (for an explanation of the movement graph, go here).
To recap: A pretty straight fastball, maybe a couple of 2-seamers (or just slips), a change, a slider that drops more that it slides sideways (compared to your average slider), and a couple of pretty good curves. Nothing special, but after watching Jesse Litsch and his all-slider-all-the-time show get lit up like nobody’s business for a while now, that’s kind of comforting.
Richmond’s best pitch was his slider- no Ray had made contact with one until Pena crushed one. And he pretty much gave up on his change after not being able to throw it for strikes in the first couple of innings.