Purcey’s Back (me too!)
Back to your regularly scheduled programming…a gem from Purcey is worth abandoning these silly notions of doing something more productive with my life. 11 K’s!!! Someone get me a whole truckload of that ADD medication…
More than a couple of curveballs this time, which is a good thing (remember when he first came up when that was all he threw?). According to my newly-reborn database (now taking requests if anyone’s wondering about something), hitters aren’t missing his big breaking pitch as often as his Slider, but they have just 3 hits in 20 balls in play against it.
“We went back over some film and saw my arm slot was dropping down,” Purcey said. “I was slinging the ball, so we just worked on getting my arm back up and, once we got that slot again, the curveball started coming back to me a little bit.
“My first game up, I had a couple good curveballs. Tonight was the first day it’s kind of come back to me.”
Apparently, he was trying to back-door batters with it tonight, while he was just throwing his slider right over the plate for strikes:
And this is an ugly graph (even more so since I squashed the dimensions…sorry, it’s been a while), but here’s where all the K’s tonight came from. Purcey was getting ahead on the inside corner or by getting the Rays to swing at his fastball up and/or out of the zone (which they had to since the ump was giving the high strike and the corners), and then coming back down and away (from RHB) with his offspeed pitches to finish them off.
Oh yeah, and the Pena HR was a half an inch outside the middle of the plate and a full inch above the belt. But from the distance it went, you probably knew that anyway…