Ortiz, V-Mart, Drew, Hermida, and Riddick all bat either on the left or switch. Leaving 4 right handers in the line up. On a personal level I don’t consider 4 righties as a lot for lineup. Even if you do, who’s fault really is that? If there is one team that should have Masterson scouted the best (outside of the Indians) it’s the Red Soxs.
I agree with Dirty Water. The Soxs are going to have some buyers remorse in the coming years.
Yes, but the Youk’s numbers are against average righties with average splits, on average. Not a guy who turns from pre-2010 Carlos Silva to Roy Halladay when he faces a RHB.
Comment by Steven Ellingson — June 10, 2010 @ 11:00 pm
What was more impressive was that Masterson had a rather smallish strike zone to work with against a very patient team. The strike zone in the Strasburg game was on the large side and got the Pirates to chase a bunch of balls out of the zone.
As a Red Sox fan I don’t regret the trade, since V-Mart has done well and filled a big hole, but agree that Masterson might have us 2nd guessing it in a couple of years.
Guys that throw from the side are generally murder on same-handed batters, and are most often relief specialists … For the obvious reasons of the ball being harder to pick up and the ball tailing in (away from the barrel). Bull Durham quotes aside, I have an affinity for high GB pitchers … Chalk it up to watching John Tudor get a lot of groundouts to The Wizard with “borderline ML stuff”.
The question to me if what did Masterson do differently this game than others? The diff in results is obvious, but why?
Was he using a sinker more? Did he keep the ball down more? Get ahead in the count more? Use a slider or cutter to get in on lefties? Feature a change more to lefties? … With the answer to those questions arriving at the most important question “Will he be able todo it consistently.
FWIW, Masterson is very hard to hit on MLB10: The Show. *grin*
Comment by CircleChange11 — June 12, 2010 @ 8:05 pm
Masterson changed his arm angle — coming more ‘over the top’, so the ball moves on a plane less in-line with lefties’ bats… which was the major problem previously — the ball moved jsut as much against lefties, but it was moving on in the same plane as the bat low int he zone.