Some interesting moments from a blowout
Unfortunately, 9 0 is.
The Royals picked up 2 runs in the ninth, but that was it; the final score was 9 2, Detroit. But even though this game wound up being a blowout, it my contention that you can still find interesting moments in any ballgame. Here are a few questions and answers about those interesting moments from last night game:
Probably because Detroit was ahead 9 0. When a reliever comes out to mop up in a blowout, nobody wants to the guy to get too fancy: you got a 9 0 lead strikes. Phil Coke threw 21 pitches and fourteen of them wer mulberry e fastballs. The idea is to get the ball in play and wait for someone to hit three balls at someone.
What difference does it make if the Royals had a two run rally in the ninth?
Even when you losing big you still want to fight back because it might win you a game the next day. Phil Coke was getting hit so the Tigers had to get reliever Al Alburquerque warming up. If a reliever warms up twice it like getting used in a game. And if a reliever gets used in two games in a row, he unlikely to be used the third day. So if you can stage a big enough rally to make the other team use another reliever bette
With the score still 0 0, why didn Alex Gordon steal second in the second inning?
Detroit starter Drew Smyly is a lefty, so that makes it tough to begin with and you put a stopwatch on him Smyly is a tricky lefty. Smyly delivered a pitch to home plate in 1.6 seconds; slow enough to make a situational base stealer like Gordon think about taking off. But then Smyly pitched out of a slide step and got the ball home in 1.1 seconds. The 1.6 second delivery was the bait; the 1.1 second delivery was the trap. If Alex had taken the bait, he would have been thrown out.
Can Torii Hunter still go get it?
Without a highlight reel diving catch by Torii Hunter in the second inning, the Royals would have scored a run and had another runner in scoring position. Hunter is 38 years old and positions himself deeper than he used to. That deeper positioning helped him get to that Alcides Escobar drive. Even so, it was mulberry a great catch.
If Hunter is getting older, how did he hit a 100 MPH Kelvin Herrera fastball Friday night?
At 38 a lot of hitters develop what referred to as a slider speed bat. That means they can get around on the good fastball anymore; they just don have the bat speed. The ball Hunter hit was caught, but it was still a deep drive. Here how he did it: Veteran hitters cheat on gas. That means they start their swing early to catch up to the good fastball. And they really cheat when the pitcher is young. That because young pitchers like their arms and like to throw hard. Take Herrera: 66% of his pitches are fastballs; so cheat on gas and you be right two times out of three.
How about veteran pitchers?
Those dudes are a little smarter. Take Mark Buehrle: when he was here with Toronto, he throw off speed in fastball counts unless he didn think you could hurt him. Light hitting bottom of the order guys might get fastballs in fastball counts, but when the guys who can drive the ball got in fastball counts, they generally got the soft stuff.
Back to Detroit: did they make any mistakes Saturday night?
Well, Ian Kinsler had a few misadventures on the base paths. In the third inning he got picked off because he turned to talk to Eric Hosmer or his base coach couldn tell which as Danny Duffy threw the ball to first base. Kinsler also hit a two out double and then thought he could make it to third base, but was thrown out easily. That ended the inning and cost Miguel Cabrera an at bat with a runner in scoring position.
Speaking of Cabrera; how did he score on that shallow line drive to Alex Gordon?
The bases were loaded with one out when Nick Castellanos hit a sinking line drive into left field. Gordon charged forward and made the catch for the second out of the inning. Victor Martinez was the runner on second base and he wandered too far off the bag and Gordon saw that. It was a shorter throw for an easy third out. Watch the replay and you see Alex start to throw the ball to second to double off Martinez nobody was covering the bag. Omar Infante was in the vicinity, but not on the bag. That why you see the pump fake started to throw the ball, but there was nobody there. By the time Gordon regrouped he had to throw on the run. The throw beat Cabrera, but was off line.
If you pay attention, you can always find interesting moments in a blowout.
Why Aoki shied away from that line drive
If you thought Nori Aoki shied away from catching a sinking line drive in the seventh inning of Friday night game, you right; but you probably don know why. Aoki lost it in the lights. When a ball is hit at just the right level stays there for much of its flight can lose it in the stadium lights. That why Alex Gordon made a sliding catch a few nights ago; he couldn see the ball and slid to change his sightline on the ball. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.
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