Where Not to Locate

Wow, what a trading deadline that was! One for the ages certainly and one that people will remember whenever trade deadlines are mentioned, forgetting that the vast majority are closer to snoozefests than the shop-a-thon of this year’s.

Given how active it was, it is easy to have July 30’s Chicago-Colorado game get a bit lost in the shuffle. To recap, here is what happened with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning:
Carlos Gonzalez single
Troy Tulowitzki double
Brad Hawpe double
Chris Iannetta triple
Ian Stewart home run
Clint Barmes single
Melvin Mora double
Dexter Fowler home run
Ryan Spilborghs single
Carlos Gonzalez single
Troy Tulowitzki double
Brad Hawpe walk
Chris Iannetta walk
Ian Stewart fly out

Thirteen consecutive hitters reached base spanning three pitchers: Sean Marshall, Andrew Cashner and Brian Schlitter. Cashner was the worst of the offenders, coming in after Hawpe’s double and being relieved after Spilborghs’ single. He faced six hitters and recorded no outs on six balls in play. Here Cashner’s pitch location chart, courtesy of BrooksBaseball:

Cashner's pitches

Note the light blue marks representing balls put into play of which there were six and none resulting in an out. Five of the six were centrally located vertically and the one that wasn’t was over the middle of the plate at the knees. Four them could be called center-center. Suffice to say, that’s not the great place to try and live for a pitcher and it’s no wonder that the Rockie hitters were able to tee off so effectively.

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Matthew Carruth is a software engineer who has been fascinated with baseball statistics since age five. When not dissecting baseball, he is watching hockey or playing soccer.