Speaking With the Enemy
First, if anyone wants to go on “The Hour” and listen to Johnny Damon for a while, free tickets are available. Tomatoes not included.
Brett Cecil’s start was a lot more conventional. The auto pitch detector makes a meal of it, but if you compare the pitch movement to his first start just below:
You’ll see he ditched the big, slow curveball as well as that wacky superslow offspeed pitch, and just threw a fastball (which only hit 92 once this time and was mostly around 90) and variations on some sort of breaking pitch which was probably a slider, but the machine called a curve when it was at 79 a slider when it was at 83, and a changeup when it was around 87 mph. Again, opposing batters couldn’t do anything against his offspeed pitches, and only hit his fastball when left up.