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  1. Great analysis as usual. Also enjoyed the adianoeta. Is he breaking down?

    Comment by neuter_your_dogma — October 29, 2009 @ 2:36 pm

  2. The wrap-up at the end of the article reminds me of my college hitting coach. Before a series, he’d go over the scouting report, saying, “He is going to try to get ahead… with the fastball. When he’s ahead in the count, he’ll throw… a curveball. Except to some of our better hitters, he may start with… a curveball.” The emphasis–as if he had stumbled upon some great discovery–on the pitch was his, not mine. We mocked him excessively behind his back for his fairly obviously observations. That and his stutter.

    Comment by Richie Abernathy — October 29, 2009 @ 2:51 pm

  3. It may be fairly obvious to those who watch Burnett on a regular basis, but not for everyone tuning in to the World Series… Not to mention that some hitters (and I am sure there were some on your team) like to make things a lot more complicated that they really are…

    Comment by Marc Hulet — October 29, 2009 @ 2:59 pm

  4. I do not think that the Phils will bail him out with a lot of 1st pitch swings. If he cannot get ahead with his FB tonight, he is doomed. On the other hand, if he can throw a lot of 1st pitch strikes, he should be able to limit the Phils a bit.

    I don’t know, though. So many Phils seem to be locked in right now. Frankly, CC was a little lucky to escape with as little damage as he did. The Phils left a few on the bases last night (i.e. 1st inning).

    Comment by Dan — October 29, 2009 @ 3:05 pm

  5. Great analysis, as per usual. I have to admit though I skipped to the summary part, rather than actually reading each inning. Still though. Prettay, Prettay, Prettay…

    Comment by Logan — October 29, 2009 @ 3:14 pm

  6. ditto. thanks for the primer.

    Comment by phanatic — October 29, 2009 @ 3:17 pm

  7. “Delmon Young on three straight curves. Burnett’s nearly unhittable when he’s commanding that curveball.”

    Uhh, I’m pretty sure you mean:

    “Delmon Young on three straight curves. Young is nearly unable to hit against a pitcher with command.”

    There, fixed that for you.

    Comment by greenmachine — October 29, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

  8. Even if the good Burnett shows up, I like Werth tonight. I don’t know if he has a history against Burnett, but one of Werth’s favorite hobbies is mauling fastball/curveball specialists.

    Comment by Choo — October 29, 2009 @ 7:08 pm

  9. Marc, you could make your data a LOT more visible with a handy chart-esque type thing.

    Open Circle = Ball
    Closed Circle = Strike
    Color = Pitch Type
    Open Triangle = In Play
    Closed Triangle = In Play Out

    If you show it that way, you can see patters at a glance, without having to process the data.

    You know, something like this:
    1: ??? (fly out)
    2: ?? (ground out)
    3: ????? (walk)
    4: ???? (K)

    I can’t color (I don’t think), but you can! And then you have a wonderful visual grouping that lets you see pitch sequencing without having to process it through your brain.

    Comment by Sal Paradise — October 29, 2009 @ 11:35 pm

  10. And of course fangraphs doesn’t accept Japanese characters. And wingdings doesn’t seem like it will work either. Ugh.

    Comment by Sal Paradise — October 29, 2009 @ 11:38 pm

  11. too bad we cant edit posts

    Comment by Jon — October 30, 2009 @ 9:18 am

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