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  1. He looks so graceful in his post-k turn in the 2nd gif.

    Love this series, Eno, keep pulling the curtain back for us!

    Comment by bdhudson — August 27, 2013 @ 11:00 am

  2. It’s effective until he’s left in with more than 110 pitches and begins to fatigue. His era would be much lower if it weren’t for his last inning.

    Comment by Robert — August 27, 2013 @ 11:02 am

  3. Agreed. I wonder why it keeps happening time and again this season and the Bucs are not taking any positive steps to fix it/take him out earlier…especially considering the back-end of their bullpen has been quite solid.

    Comment by JAL — August 27, 2013 @ 11:17 am

  4. You guys could post one of these “Hey look at my my pitch(es)” articles every day, I’d be ok with that :)

    Comment by payroll — August 27, 2013 @ 11:18 am

  5. Same can be said of most pitchers. The question is whether or not those tired starters are better than your freshest middle reliever.

    Comment by Franco — August 27, 2013 @ 11:20 am

  6. There is actually a pretty strange dynamic between AJ and Hurdle. They even got into a shouting match in the dugout a few weeks ago (regarding the bullpen being activated in a rough 4th inning). Hurdle has been conservative with pitch counts and fatigue with the entire staff sans AJ. With AJ he is so revered in the dugout that he makes his own calls. Sunday was just plain silly, he was at 106 pitches with 1 run allowed through 7. There was no reason for him to start the 8th.

    Comment by Pirates Hurdles — August 27, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

  7. Just great stuff. MORE!

    Comment by channelclemente — August 27, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

  8. “They know I’m coming after you with the fastball and then I’m coming after with the hook. It’s no cutter, changeup; it’s you know, c’mon. Two things are happening: You’re trying to hit a home run, and I’m trying to strike you out. Only two things happening.”

    Great quote!

    Comment by cass — August 27, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

  9. Yeah this feature is just wonderful. Nice of Burnett to participate, too.

    Comment by Esoteric — August 27, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

  10. Outstanding article. I hope Gerrit Cole tries it over the offseason.

    Comment by James — August 27, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

  11. Gah! I wish I wasn’t by myself at 10pm. Otherwise I’d got outside and throw about 30 AJ Burnett knuckle curves! Of course they’d be thrown with approximately half the velocity required to fool MLB hitters…

    Seriously, though, love the pitch grip articles, Eno. It’s a fantastic series.

    Comment by Jay29 — August 27, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

  12. haha yeah, does that make Burnett a 2/3 True Outcome pitcher?

    Comment by Oppo Taco — August 27, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

  13. The idea of Gerrit Cole with a knuckle-curve is terrifying.

    Comment by gregory — August 28, 2013 @ 11:50 am

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