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A One-Trick Purcey

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If you watched every pitch of the game tonight, I both applaud and shake my head sadly at your dedication, as David Purcey looked absolutely horrible, alternating between not being able to find the plate with a map and giving up monster bombs to Jose Freaking Guillen and one of the worst offences in the league.

Captain obvious brings us the breaking news that Purcey didn’t have his fastball control, but it was more than that – he didn’t even try to throw his slider, tossing a mere 7 compared to the 43 he threw against (random example) the Indians. And his Big Curve is pretty much a show me pitch these days too – 21 of Purcey’s first 22 pitches were fastballs, and he threw 16 straight fastballs in the third. That’s not going to cut it in the bigs.


But wait — he did compensate somewhat by mixing in a changeup, a pitch that he’s only thrown twice to date in 2009. Except sadly, it’s more of a “slowball”, really, because it has zero drop or movement to it (there’s actually one more that should be labelled a change but that confuses pitch f/x). Of the 6 that he threw on the night, two of them were hit for the aformentioned monster bombs by Jose Guillen. It might be time to cut off Barajas’ ring finger so he can’t call for it any more…

Incidentally, if you’ve been following Purcey’s career, you know that both his hot-and-cold outings last year and brilliant spring followed by a 7+ ERA through five starts are par for the course. That’s what you get with good stuff and zero command, and what we’re signed up for a lot of with all the children in the rotation this year. Although Casey Janssen pitched in AA today, and went 4 scoreless, allowing 2 hits and walking 2. If they’re stretching him out to start, Purcey might not be around for too long with Litsch and Romero coming back in mid-May.


Written by halejon

April 28, 2009 at 12:46 am

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  1. That’s a remarkably straight line of pitches on that graph–not a single pitch out of the zone up and in or down and away to a right-handed hitter. Is that as odd as it seems? I don’t know whether I’ve seen a pattern like that on your graphs before.

    Cincinnatus C.

    April 28, 2009 at 1:25 pm

  2. I think it’s typical that there’s some sort of pattern like that (especially in guys that tend to sling the ball – see B.J. Ryan) but yeah, I think it was a lot more pronounced last night. That’s a super thin line, even though we’re zoomed out a little more than usual.

    Here’s some Burnett starts – Yeah, and (sorta).

    A McGowan Start – similar, but different.

    And a doc start – Not At All.


    April 28, 2009 at 4:34 pm

  3. Looks like a guy who couldn’t find his release point all night.


    April 28, 2009 at 11:01 pm

  4. How about a post on the arsenal of one Scott Richmond? I’d like to see more on him displayed on some pretty (or not-so-pretty?) pitch-f/x pictures.


    April 29, 2009 at 12:25 pm

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