A Plane To Catch?
Especially in the later innings, with two called punchouts back to back on Bautista and Scutaro on pitches some 3-4 inches outside, that was some, well, typical umpiring for Jon Lester against the Jays tonight.
Romero didn’t get the same generosity on the outside corner, and he also got squeezed on the bottom of the zone. It’s tricky because of course the top and bottom change and that box is just an average but for example, two of those calls are to Jason Bay.
The bottom of his zone is measured by the pitch f/x people at 1.5 (even slightly below the average of 1.6) feet above the ground and those pitches crossed the plate well above that at 1.836-1.891 feet above the ground, ~3.5 inches above the bottom of the zone. Pitch f/x makes it look like a much better outing for Romero controlwise – rather than struggling to control his big breaking ball, he was throwing it pretty much exactly where he should.