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Purcey Finds a Break

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Welcome to the Rod Barajas school on how to calm down your mercurial lefty in his first home start of the year: call nothing but fastballs! After 49 pitches tonight, Purcey had thrown 4 curveballs, 0 sliders, and 45 fastballs — and held Detroit to 2 hits and 2 walks in the process.

In the fifth inning it was looking like Purcey might never attempt another breaking pitch again. Not only had he thrown 14 fastballs in a row, but his last two curves were hit by Inge for a double and then the sacrifice fly by Granderson that scored the run.

Then he discovered his slider against Gerald Laird, and didn’t let go, throwing 4 of them in a row to strike out Ordonez later in that inning and 11 of them compared to 20 (pitch f/x missed a bunch) fastballs over the rest of the game. He also got four swinging strikes against his slider, as compared to one total over the first half of the game.

purcey-slider

Nice little adjustment by Purcey, but obviously he’s still a work in progress (and I’m talking about his breaking pitches, not his fielding and intentional walking ability…)

Written by halejon

April 8, 2009 at 12:31 am

Posted in Seriousness

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  1. INTENTIONAL WALK FAIL

    eyebleaf

    April 8, 2009 at 3:13 am

  2. seems to me Purcey was really getting squeezed out there, especially on the inside corner.

    meanwhile, it seemed Jackson was getting some calls, particularly on the outside corner.

    any chance we can see a graph that proves this?

    everdiso

    April 8, 2009 at 10:28 am


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