The return of Big Bad Bartolo?

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

4 thoughts on “The return of Big Bad Bartolo?

  1. jay_robertson

    My hand isn't raised any higher than yours. ;)

    That game I WAS able to watch; surprised he only had 4 swings and misses – otoh, he what appeared to be quite a few called strikes, including at least two that I recall for called strike three.

    Actually – yesterday's game was a good example of "pitching to contact" – one of the reasons he went back out in the 8th inning was that his pitch count was so low – in the 80s, as I recall. So at least he erased one bugaboo from his last few games – he was much more efficient in his pitch count. It seems like he's good for 80-90 pitches, regardless of what inning that occurs in. After that, he does seem to lose a bit of control. (not wild pitches, but just enough "off" in location that he started to get hit)

    • BrienJackson

      I guess there was also Hirschbeck's extremely wide strikezone to consider as well. He was getting calls 4-6 inches off the plate with the fastball regularly, and it's not hard to see why batters weren't swinging at it.

      • jay_robertson

        True – but on the bright side, Colon was saavy enough to realize that early on and exploit it.

  2. michael

    Probably a classification thing. I"m not sure if there is a discrete difference in the movement of his 4-seam and and how the 2-seam looks (despite mechanical / release differences). The 4-seam can often have a bit of 'life' or natural left-to-right movement. I think his start against Oakland was overblown, as most of his mistakes seem to be on the slider (certainly the first 2 HR). His fangraphs page confirms that his slider has been a horrible pitch in his career and particularly this year. There doesnt seem to be much reason to stray from the 1-2 combo, especially if he's getting that left side corner for called strikes.

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