I saw the game. Good job Ted Lilly for striking out 9.
Comment by Black_Rose — September 7, 2011 @ 12:23 am
I didn’t get MLB network at all. They kept going to the rain delay in philly instead of showing the nats game. Is it too hard to put some small wording on the screen that says the other game is in delay?
Comment by Jeff Zimmerman — September 7, 2011 @ 12:27 am
Not much to get, I was just seeing if anyone else was awake ;)
Comment by Jeff Zimmerman — September 7, 2011 @ 12:35 am
Thanks for the timely writeup on this Strasbury fellow, whoever that is. :) He was probably taking it somewhat easy tonight, possibly on management orders. The new pitch is interesting though. Should that be legal, Stephen Strasburg adding another pitch?
Comment by BuzzingThalami — September 7, 2011 @ 12:36 am
I was at the game and Lilly didn’t look great in spite of the 9 strikeouts. He was getting behind in the count and had a high pitch count. He did work a long at bat against Strasburg before grounding out which is better than his teammates seemed to do at the plate.
Just watched the highlights, and I am intrigued by that Kemp strikeout in the 4th on the changeup. I guess this article explains it, but man, any other pitcher on the mound and the announced calls that a fastball, no hesitation.
I know pitch type linear weights aren’t GREAT, but I find this odd: his fastball (avg ~93), has been a negative pitch in terms of value. His changeup, which is 3 to 4 MPH slower (not ideal according to conventional wisdom), has been a fantastic pitch. You’d think that such a small difference in velocity would make the changeup worse, not better.