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Good win last night against Tigers......some random thoughts....

Posted: 08/12/2014 7:05 AM

Good win last night against Tigers......some random thoughts.... 


(1) What has happened to Verlander this year?? Has Kate Upton ruined his baseball career??
(2) Big night by Travis Snider - not just the two HRs, but also the throw to home to get a runner. 
(3) If not for Polanco and Snider getting runners at home, this game may have gotten really dicey.
(4) Who was responsible for Harrison getting thrown out at home - was he waved in or did he run through a stop sign? Either way, that was very poor decision making.
(5) Harrison continues to amaze - not just with his bat, but by making plays in the field regardless of where he plays. Last night, bare handed pickup to throw a guy out in first inning.
(6) We will not score 10 runs every night, so we need far better pitching then we got last night over the next 3 nights against Detroit. Tonight is a big game for Pittsburgh - since the following two may be against Scherzer and Price.
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Posted: 08/12/2014 7:19 AM

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Snider is looking like a close to must sign (offer arbitration) for next year.
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Posted: 08/12/2014 7:22 AM

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Locke, on the other hand, was looking much like the 2nd half Locke of last year.
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Posted: 08/12/2014 8:03 AM

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Verlander seems to have just lost it.  He's 31, has thrown a lot of innings, and throws very hard.  Well, used to throw hard.  He's making 20 million this year and 28 million each year from 2015-2019.  If he can't turn it around they're in trouble.
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Posted: 08/12/2014 10:12 AM

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SteelRun wrote: Verlander seems to have just lost it.  He's 31, has thrown a lot of innings, and throws very hard.  Well, used to throw hard.  He's making 20 million this year and 28 million each year from 2015-2019.  If he can't turn it around they're in trouble.
They are in trouble...
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Posted: 08/12/2014 10:30 AM

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bucco66 wrote: Locke, on the other hand, was looking much like the 2nd half Locke of last year.


Yep

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Posted: 08/12/2014 12:36 PM

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If he is not hitting the inside corner with his fastball or the ump isn't giving him the pitch he gets hit.
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Posted: 08/12/2014 12:46 PM

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WWJDLion wrote: (1) What has happened to Verlander this year?? Has Kate Upton ruined his baseball career??
(2) Big night by Travis Snider - not just the two HRs, but also the throw to home to get a runner. 
(3) If not for Polanco and Snider getting runners at home, this game may have gotten really dicey.
(4) Who was responsible for Harrison getting thrown out at home - was he waved in or did he run through a stop sign? Either way, that was very poor decision making.
(5) Harrison continues to amaze - not just with his bat, but by making plays in the field regardless of where he plays. Last night, bare handed pickup to throw a guy out in first inning.
(6) We will not score 10 runs every night, so we need far better pitching then we got last night over the next 3 nights against Detroit. Tonight is a big game for Pittsburgh - since the following two may be against Scherzer and Price.
Actually, the pitching match ups show:

Weds - Worley vs Buck Farmer
Thur - Liriano vs Max Scherzer

Know nothing about Buck Farmer. I click on his name in Yahoo and M Taylor comes up. lol. 

http://www.mlive.com/tigers/index.ssf/2014/08/righ t-hander_buck_farmer_to_ma.html
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Posted: 08/12/2014 12:50 PM

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abitoutside wrote: If he is not hitting the inside corner with his fastball or the ump isn't giving him the pitch he gets hit.


Yes.  Even though he has pretty good zip on his fastball, he doesn't have enough movement on it to just throw it by hitters -- unless he gets them looking for something else and then busts them with it on the inside edge.  If he doesn't have very good control of all of his pitches, he's in trouble.  While that is true for all pitchers to some extent, it seems to be especially true of Jeff.

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Posted: 08/17/2014 10:00 AM

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gr1111 wrote:
abitoutside wrote: If he is not hitting the inside corner with his fastball or the ump isn't giving him the pitch he gets hit.


Yes.  Even though he has pretty good zip on his fastball, he doesn't have enough movement on it to just throw it by hitters -- unless he gets them looking for something else and then busts them with it on the inside edge.  If he doesn't have very good control of all of his pitches, he's in trouble.  While that is true for all pitchers to some extent, it seems to be especially true of Jeff.

This seems to be the best explanation for Locke's career to date.  He has a good assortment of pitches and throws four different ones for strikes---which is good---but he doesn't have a true hammer or out pitch.  Therefore he has to be right on top of his game or he is not going to be effective in most outings.
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