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Not to be a jerk, but I would hate to let Les Drunks down without a attempt at some condescending pitch f/x authority:

– I hate even talking about this stuff because I know the Mockingbird will post a bunch of Pitch F/X analysis tomorrow that exposes me as completely full of shit.

Case A:

BJ hitting 90/91 according to RSN’s gun. 1-2 pitch to Span, “The best breaking ball I’ve seen BJ throw in quite some time.”- Rance

Ryan hit 90 once, according to pitch f/x’s supposedly uber-accurate measurements. He averaged 89.3. His velocity is still not back. Props all around though, that 1-2 pitch was unquestionably the best slider (please stop calling it a slurve just because that sounds cool for the love of god) Ryan has thrown in some time. In terms of movement, it’s pretty much a normal slider, and not the cutteresque thing Ryan has thrown all season (circled):

Wel

Case B:

– 9TH Inning: Umpire– a little favourable.

Except there really was at least one very favorable call- the last call on Denard Span (when he spun away in frustration) doesn’t look bad on that chart but it was because Span’s measured top of strike zone is just under 3.2 instead of the 3.5 league average that I usually use, and it came in around 3.3. Sorry, this would be a much less shitty post if there wasn’t massive amounts of Wiffleball in my immediate future…

Written by halejon

September 3, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Posted in Seriousness

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  1. My life is incomplete without whiffleball. I went to Ward & Patch last summer and loaded up on balls, but nothing. I have an itch, and must scratch it.

    lloyd the ghostrunner

    September 3, 2008 at 6:35 pm

  2. Ward and patch only has the normal, wussy, holes-all-over, balls. They don’t move at all and are just kinda unsatisfying when you hit them. If you wanna play, we go every Wednesday, just email me. I’m also considering starting a league over the winter because T.W.A.T seems to have folded.

    halejon

    September 3, 2008 at 9:57 pm

  3. Since I know you were tracking this earlier, some guys have been projecting Elias rankings for the offseason and it seems that Burnett has managed to reach type A status.

    http://tigers-thoughts.blogspot.com/2008/08/projected-elias-rankings.html

    HandKnit

    September 4, 2008 at 8:39 am

  4. Let BJ move on. It’s time for Brandon League.

    HPB

    September 4, 2008 at 11:50 pm

  5. Hey Jon,

    Was the pitch that Snider hit in the 3 -2 count against Nathan the other night a slider or a splitter? Doesn’t really matter – just curious. Memory says the announcers kept calling it a slider but a poster on BB says it was a splitter, which makes more sense from my memory of it too. Just wondering if you could clear that up.

    zeppelinkm

    September 5, 2008 at 10:30 am

  6. That was a slider (4th of the at bat, incidentally). It dropped, but also moved almost a foot horizontally, and the wrong way for a splitter.

    halejon

    September 5, 2008 at 11:52 am

  7. Thanks.

    Talk about R-E-S-P-E-C-T for a 20 year old facing one of the games best relievers.

    zeppelinkm

    September 5, 2008 at 2:42 pm

  8. To add: For some reason I remembered the pitch diving away from him, hence why I agreed with the thought it might be a splitter.

    But, the game was late, I was drinking… so, memory isn’t always the best tool to trust🙂

    zeppelinkm

    September 5, 2008 at 2:42 pm

  9. What about last night when they threw him a 3-2 slider?!

    If you don’t want to blame the booze, you could always say you were thinking of League’s splitter…

    halejon

    September 5, 2008 at 3:10 pm

  10. I remember him hitting a ridiculous pitch not in the strike zone yesterday for that RBI single, but I was so riled up after he did so that I had no real recollation of what kind of pitch it was – just that it was one you really shouldn’t hit with authority. Great 2 strike approach.

    zeppelinkm

    September 5, 2008 at 6:32 pm

  11. It’s under the STORY: meet Travis Snider here:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?mid=200809063428485&c_id=tor

    Not do be pedantic, but I wonder how much of that is approach, and how much of it is just mad skills. He can’t have been looking for that, or even thinking about it- but what a ridiculously good swing to put on that pitch. I guess staying back counts as approach.

    halejon

    September 6, 2008 at 9:09 pm


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