Under the Microscope
By request, here are the umpire calls for the last couple of games — first how Burnett was treated in his successful start against the Jays:
Of those two called strikes way off the plate, one of them is his big breaking ball, so it will have curved closer by the time it reached the back side of the plate (still working on a way to correct for this). The other one is a fastball to Adam Lind that is the Burnett’s only gift of the night. Now for Tallet:
One real gift for Tallet as well, and a lot more nibbling. That cluster of inside pitches just off the plate (where Tallet got 2 strikes out of 9) will often be called strikes, but hard to complain about calling the inside corner of the plate by the book.
Now for Saturday’s game, here’s Wang’s abridged outing against the Jays:
And then the Doc’s. As usual, getting a couple inches off the outer edge of the plate, but he might have been getting squeezed on the inside corner (when throwing his cutter to the mostly-lefty Yankees lineup):