Call Out The Ump
Ok, I’m really trying to get around to those requests I hauled in a month ago. What can I say, it takes time to properly distill the awesomeness that is Scott Downs into its finest parts…I can still fire out quickies like last night for Papelbon though. He works up in the zone as usual, and gets some sick calls as usual. (And we’re looking from the catcher’s perspective, as usual):
Eyebleaf pointed out the second questionable call on Rolen (the one on the right just outside the yellow strike zone), although at 10.044 inches (the official strike zone is 10) off the middle of the plate that was JUST off, and as I’ve gone on ad nauseum, when that pitch is at the belt umpires will call that a majority of the time.
The called strike far off the left of the plate to Adam Lind is just gross, though. It’s a ball and a good take. What is going to do with a 94 mph fastball 13 inches off the middle of the plate and low? — especially since pfx has the top of his strike zone at 4.17 for this at bat (does he really stand that straight/tall?).