The return of Big Bad Bartolo?

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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