dem warriors wrote:THE BIGGEST reason is that although his fastball is gone, he has a devastating changeup. Many people think that the fastball is his stirkeout pitch but it is indeed the changeup. Just look at trevor hoffman, thrown an 80 sumthin mph fastball but gets the job done with the nasty change. Schmidt isnt tjust a thrower, he has some nasty stuff as well. PLUS he pitches at Pac Bell/SBC/AT&T park. Hope this helps!
Hoffman can afford to work with the change as his major pitch because he only throws for one inning. I'd be more comfortable if Schmidt could learn how to mix his pitches effectivey like Pedro, who also only throws around 93 mph these days but he mixes in the change so perfectly. Also, Pedro's fastball has a ton of movement, if Schmidt's does also, then he should be effective, despite a drop in velocity.