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Purcey Recap

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Not to get carried away here, but didn’t last night remind you of Dustin McGowan’s first tour of the big leagues? A late-blooming former big prospect who at first can’t find the strike zone with a map is thrown into the fire due to injuries and despite showing moments of brilliance and striking out a bunch of guys, routinely decomposes around the 5th inning. Then he figures out he needs to simplify things and throw strikes and poof! Brilliant.

Despite it looking like (and being called by Tabler) a “big breaking ball” on TV, Purcey threw mostly fastballs and his slider tonight, which he started over the middle of the plate and let break under the hands of righties.

As for the calls, not terrible- but pretty tight, especially towards the bottom. Welcome to the big leagues, rook…try that pitch again in a year or two.


Written by halejon

August 14, 2008 at 1:11 am

Posted in Seriousness

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  1. Thanks for all the work. BTW, this is why we need robot umpires for balls and strikes.


    August 14, 2008 at 7:03 am

  2. robots? naw…this is what makes baseball so beautiful. the fact that some umpires are complete douchebags and won’t give rooks a call…it’s part of the game…everyone’s got to adjust…

    and how big of a douche is sheffield? what a punk mother fucker.


    August 14, 2008 at 10:33 am

  3. +1 for robot umps.


    August 14, 2008 at 12:13 pm

  4. Q: If we were to go with les robot umps, do you make the zone perfectly square? Because IMO that would suckkkk.

    And yeah, I kinda like human error in baseball as well. As long as it’s not biased one way or the other, scientific precision is overrated. I might be a little biased though because half my posts are based on whining about the man in blue…

    That was the most lacksadaisical ejection of all time. I think he just wanted to hit the bar early. You gotta know flipping your bat at the ump is going to get you ejected, but he didn’t really have anything to say and just strolled off. For the record, it was a couple inches inside, but right at the belt and that gets called ALL THE TIME.


    August 14, 2008 at 1:14 pm

  5. […] Even I can’t tell the damn breaking pitches from each other from the press box. Except for this post, maybe. Always a pleasure to have you lurking, Kelly… « Litsch […]

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