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Postby Philliebuster » Wed Jul 26, 2006 5:34 pm

Say Gil pitch for the first time last night, I was expecting a Glavine finesse like pitcher, but to my suprise he was hitting 96-97 on the gun and had what appeared to be a fairly nasty breaking pitch. He did get touched up yesterday, but I was actually impressed with what I saw.

Couple questions:
1. Any chance he gets moved, there was some speculation earlier in the season, but haven't heard recently.

2. Has he always pitched like this and the K's never came, or has he developed any new pitches this season? His previous season K totals were never that great, but it appears he should be more of a K type pitcher?
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Postby The Jury » Wed Jul 26, 2006 5:40 pm

I'm not sure if he's going to be moved or not, but he was drawing comparisons to Kevin Brown early in his career. He's always been a power pitcher, and his K/9 rate has been about the same for his career in the 7-7.5 range.
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Postby hybrid » Wed Jul 26, 2006 6:10 pm

Like the jury said, he has always been a power pitcher. But for the most part injuries and control problems have taken their toll on him. When he was in the minors, people loved what he brought pitching wise .... but then the injuries mounted and never really had the chance to develope properly. It's nice to finally see him stay healthy and turning in a pretty good year.
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Postby Tommy John » Wed Jul 26, 2006 6:12 pm

He has never been fully healthy until now, plus the experience he has gained through the last few years = a guy who can now pitch and knows how to pitch

If he can stay healthy I expect pretty good numbers
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Postby Philliebuster » Wed Jul 26, 2006 7:42 pm

Until I saw him pitch I didn't want the Mets to get him, but now if they did I would be happy.

There were Met rumors about a month ago, but haven't heard anything recently.
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Postby Big Pimpin » Wed Jul 26, 2006 7:58 pm

Meche has always had good stuff... One of the reasons for his success this year is that he picked up a two-seamer during the off-season which has helped a lot. He lost 3 or 4 mph off his fastball, but his old four-seamer was dead straight. He still uses it occasionally, but you see him throwing a lot more of the 92/93 mph fastballs this year and getting a lot of ground balls because of it...
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