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.