About Brien Jackson

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.

12 thoughts on “Today in over-emphasizing velocity

  1. Good thing we DIDN'T get Cliff Lee – what a ripoff; he's only averaging 91.5? What a total failure.

  2. My work day just got a little brighter…amazing that people actually buy into the things they read from writers like Andrew Marchand. Funny post, Brien.

  3. This time Brien bashed the Andrew Marchand post before I even saw it.

    Thanks for saving me the wasted time Brien!

  4. Brien, I know the point you're making, and I agree with it and the notion that the whole Pineda's velocity thing is a drama contrived by the MSM who either are misguided or have nothing to do.

    But the implied critique (I think) is that in the absence of having demonstrated a consistently effective third pitch that Pineda has used during the regular season, his primary and secondary pitches have to be plus-pitches to compensate. Whereas if a pitcher has 3 or 4 above average pitches, there is less need for one of them to be excellent.

    The pitchers you list here have several above average pitches with movement, so they don't need a plus-pitch to be successful. Conversely, Randy Johnson was pretty much fastball/slider for his career, but since both were so plus-pitches, he could get by on those alone; he didn't need a more robust repertoire.

    If Pineda can develop his change into a useable third pitch, then I'm content with him throwing 92-95. But if he remains fastball/slider, then he needs to turn it up a notch to be the starter we think he can be.