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  1. Good Article…he appears to be challenging the hitters more each outing. His command of the inside corner is also getting better and better.

    Comment by Angry_Saguaro — May 16, 2013 @ 11:08 am

  2. I think Heath Bell has my leave favorite throwing motion in the majors. It’s just so ugly.

    Comment by gouis — May 16, 2013 @ 11:28 am

  3. I just watched Bell blow Brandon McCarthy’s great game 4 days ago. So excuse me for LOL’ing at the suggestion of a return to dominance. 2 outs, 4 hits, 2 runs and the game was tied. And now you write this…..? Seriously? Dominance?

    Comment by Ty Cobb — May 16, 2013 @ 11:46 am

  4. Maybe not by Ty Cobb’s standards, but if you read the rest of the article you might understand its title.

    Comment by Gandalf — May 16, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

  5. I was kind of thinking the same thing, he got jacked in two of his last 8 apperances, not exactly dominance. Don’t get me wrong, I like Heath Bell, he is refreshingly honest.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — May 16, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

  6. The velocity is definitely coming around as he hit 96 the other day. I actually had to double-take that one.

    My only grip with him is the location of some of his strikes. He’s not exactly painting the corner out there, leaving lots of pitches up in the zone. Yes they’re strikes, but they aren’t necessarily high-quality strikes. I didn’t watch him much in SD during his prime, so I can’t attest to if this is new or not.

    The guy scares the hell out of me, but he’s finding a way to get it done currently. Getting a breaking ball over for a strike once in a while would really help his cause and Jack is right on about that one.

    Comment by jwise224 — May 16, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

  7. The violent and confrontational explosion of his motion makes it one of my favorites.

    Comment by Alexander Nevermind — May 16, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

  8. Every pitcher is going to have bad outings. The Diamondbacks beat Mariano Rivera, one of the best closers in baseball, in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series

    Comment by Patrick — May 16, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

  9. Is Jack Moore related to Heath Bell?

    His K/BB is very nice, but both the K and BB #’s seem unsustainable. His zone%, F-strike%, and swstrk%’s don’t indicate that he can keep that up all year.

    That great fastball discussed in the article currently has a -2.7 value on fangraphs this year.

    I’m sure things will get better with his .400+ .BABIP, but lol @ dominance.

    Comment by marlins12 — May 16, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

  10. Honest? About what? During his time here in Florida, he came off as pretty ignorant with some of his comments.

    You should’ve heard one of his first interviews here with Dan Le Batard before he ever even threw a pitch.

    Comment by marlins12 — May 16, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

  11. Also, Bell currently has the worst z-contact% of all NL relievers. Truly dominating stuff…

    Comment by marlins12 — May 16, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

  12. Interesting bringing up Kevin Towers. I wonder how much control a GM really has with these things. He’s not the manager or the pitching coach. Does he (or other GMs for that matter) really micomanage to the level of telling a pitcher which pitches to use more?

    Comment by phoenix2042 — May 16, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

  13. The only thing Bell is dominant at is downing a cheeseburger… with a shortened hand/arm motion.

    Comment by Steve — May 16, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

  14. i audibly laughed at the title.

    Comment by bob — May 16, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

  15. For real…. McCarthy gets pulled after his first excellent start of 88 pitches and 8 innings only to watch the returnly dominant Bell blow it. Bell might be better but it was return to suck two putings ago

    Comment by Adolph Hilter — May 16, 2013 @ 5:29 pm

  16. I like Heath Bell because he was mentored by Trevor Hoffman.

    Comment by Ruki Motomiya — May 17, 2013 @ 1:35 am

  17. [witty comment about belltowers]

    Comment by Pableaux Gunmoney — May 17, 2013 @ 4:41 am

  18. This is insane. In those six games, Bell has 1) thrown a wild pitch that advanced an inherited runner in to scoring position with no outs; 2) given up a leadoff double; 3) given up 1-out double with a one-run lead; 4) leadoff double, out, double, single, foul-out, PULLED, BLOWN SAVE; 5) The game mentioned here, with another leadoff baserunner; 6) one-out double with two-run lead and McCann/Upton coming up.

    That’s a rollercoaster reminiscent of the Big Potato and it sucks. He is anything but dominant. He is lucky as Hell and that is the only possible way to paint it.

    Comment by Major — May 17, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

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