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  1. There were many times last season when Soriano threw the cutter primarily, I watched a couple of them on MLB Gameday, and was taken aback by the number he was throwing.

    Comment by Matt Defalco — April 27, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

  2. He has thrown ten and a third innings.

    Ten and a third.

    31 Outs.

    He has walked eight batters.


    The change in performance this year could be explained by one cramp, or a particularly unpleasant bowel movement.

    Ten and a third.

    Comment by Mike H — April 27, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

  3. I’d agree with Dave that BIS is more accurate in this case. Of the 204 pitches tracked by PITCHf/x on Soriano this year, I re-classified and found 122 (59.8%) four-seamers, 62 (30.4%) sliders, 13 (6.4%) two-seam sinkers, and 7 (3.4%) cutters. I’m not positive about the split between the four-seamers and cutters; Soriano’s four-seamer has some cutting action as it is. The main difference is some extra movement and less velocity on the cutter.

    Comment by Lucas Apostoleris — April 27, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

  4. Watching Soriano go out there and ruin the night just fills me with despair.

    Comment by Anthony — April 27, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

  5. Wow, Soriano is pitching so poorly this season that his meltdowns can be predicted eight days in advance! Be sure to alert the Twin’s fans not to turn off the game.

    I think you meant April 5th :P

    Comment by Phil — April 27, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

  6. thumb his nose at Levine

    Comment by Disco — April 27, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

  7. Oo, well played! Fixed, many thanks.

    Comment by Steve Slowinski — April 27, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

  8. There is something stats can’t give you and that is the guy shows no heart out there. His attitude is very poor and there is no emotion physical or mentally. Unless that changes we will pray he ops out at the end of the year.

    Comment by Phil Privitera — April 27, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

  9. Just another guy who can’t handle the NY pressure…

    Comment by andrew — April 27, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

  10. He’s a reliever who just signed a $35M contract. For him not to completely suck would be unprecedented.

    Comment by Yirmiyahu — April 27, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

  11. To be fair, Mariano doesn’t really show emotion either. But yes, Soriano seems to have a “I don’t give a f***!” mentality.

    Comment by 28 this year — April 27, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

  12. There’s also something you can’t tell from watching a game from the sofa, and thats the amount of “heart” a guy has. You cant say he has no mental emotion, or bad attitude or whatever, quite simply you have absolutely no idea what he thinks.

    Comment by Dixon — April 27, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

  13. So when a Yankee relief pitcher shows no emotion and struggles we will call him Rafael Soriano.

    And when a Yankee relief pitcher shows no emotion and dominates we will call him Mariano Rivera.

    Got it.

    Comment by Rick Rude — April 27, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

  14. The Yankees better hope he pitches well because that is the only case where he might opt-out.

    Comment by Rick Rude — April 27, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

  15. True. But, as a reliever, those 10.3 innings represent 15% or 20% of his season. His ZiPS update now projects him to finish the season with a 4.32 ERA and 3.69 FIP.

    Comment by Yirmiyahu — April 27, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

  16. A loss of command with no corresponding loss of velocity?

    I call elbow injury.

    Comment by Llewdor — April 27, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

  17. Ten and a turd?

    Comment by siggian — April 27, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

  18. Weren’t there rumors he was pitching through back pain or issues? Back problems can be a nightmare for a pitcher. It would affect the movement on his breaking stuff and maximum velocity.

    Comment by Phantom Stranger — April 27, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

  19. and i believe the article said to not trust MLB classifications, which is what gameday is made up of…

    Comment by phoenix2042 — April 27, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

  20. it’s true. mariano is a robot that dominates. soriano is a robot that sucks. we should scrap the sucky one for parts and keep the awesome one! haha just kidding. but seriously, it kind of feels like soriano is trying to be mo, judging from his spring training regimen, lack of emotion and apparent use of his cutter. before you jump on me, yes i realize the article says not to trust the MLB cutter classifications and yes i know he had the same spring training regimen for years. it just kind of feels like he’s trying to be mo and trying too hard…

    Comment by phoenix2042 — April 27, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

  21. For what it’s worth, Soriano was the *exact same* last season with the Rays. No emotion on the mound – looked like he was bored sometimes – and he didn’t throw his first pitch in spring training until it was well over halfway done. He’s simply on a bigger stage now and people aren’t used to it…he’s a very particular guy that likes to keep to himself.

    Comment by Steve Slowinski — April 27, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

  22. Personally, I would have rather spent $35 million trying to figure out how to clone Mo. Hopefully Hank will actually listen to Cash in the future.

    Comment by LirianoIsKillingMyFantasyTeam — April 27, 2011 @ 10:00 pm

  23. Sorianos’ manner of pitching reminds me of Kenny Rogers style. They both show no emotion giving the impressions they could’nt care less the outcome of their pitching. With the salaries being paid the fans expect some kind of emotion when screwing up. When Kenny Rogers pitched for the Mets he showed no emotion, meanwhile Mr. Bobby Valentine the manager was angry as hell. The pop-up behind the pitching mound was Sorianos’ ball all the way. He made no gesture what so ever to Rodriguez and/or Jeter that it was a mistake on his part. Again, no emotion whatsoever.

    Comment by David — April 27, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

  24. On that pitch to Paulie, I have an anonymous source that confirmed that Soriano did, in fact, “hold it like an egg”.

    Clearly his shockers are jammed, and he’s breathing through the wrong eyelid.

    He just needs to rediscover the relationship between his right arm and his left testicle. Don’t we all?

    Loss of control could be due to any number of things.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — April 27, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

  25. as a former HS pitcher I can tell you right now that the infielders are responsible for INF flies, including around the mound. If you’re ON the mound and tracking a ball in the air it’ pretty easy to fall down, trip, et cetera.

    Comment by onceindc — April 28, 2011 @ 1:16 am

  26. The reason is this. He is a closer, not a setupman. It’s his own fault for not grabbing a closing gig somewhere in the off season. He could have done this by lowering his price. Must be a Scott Boras client.

    Comment by Robert Thacher — April 28, 2011 @ 9:03 am

  27. I need a nickname, all good pitchers have a nickname

    Comment by Sox27 — April 28, 2011 @ 10:03 am

  28. … and a chickenbone cross.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — April 28, 2011 @ 10:15 am

  29. He was unavailable in one game because of back stiffness. They are saying it’s because he’s not used to the cold weather in New York.

    Comment by Preston — April 28, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

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