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?
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
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.
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?
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 Pableaux Gunmoney — May 17, 2013 @ 4:41 am
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.