Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thoughts after 3 innings, Tigers, Yankees, Game 4, ALCS

- People bemoan about how high the pitch counts for Tigers starting pitchers Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer get early in games. I look at it more as accepting a minimal downside for something that is exceptionally good. They both throw hard and miss a lot of bats. In their case, it is a sign of how difficult they are to hit. Also, there is nothing that can benefit a pitcher more than the ability to strikeout a hitter. Even inducing ground balls for double plays isn't necessarily as good because there is an element of chance with a batted ball. That is not the case when a hitter can't put it in play.
- I didn't realize before this series just how aptly named Nick "Swisher" is...Brutal.
- Tigers rookie outfielder Avisail Garcia has gotten more than his share of seeing-eye groundballs and bloop hits, but it is to his credit he hangs in there so well and makes contact against some of baseball's top left-handers, like C.C. Sabathia.
- Prince Fielder is not a good defender, so his error in the top of third is understandable. Supposedly, his counterpart at first base with the Yankees, Mark Teixeira, is an excellent fielder. His misplay on groundballs by Fielder and Andy Dirks in the bottom of the inning was less understandable. By the way, in my opinion, that should have been called an error on Teixeira on the ball hit by Fielder.


Blogger spencersteel said...

If you're going to be a power pitcher, you're going to throw a lot of pitches. It's the nature of the beast. The good news is that - in contravention of conventional wisdom - power pitchers have far longer careers on average. "Pitching to contact" is a nice idea, but 90 percent of history's great pitchers have been the kind to blow it by batters.

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