The Cow wrote:He was tipping his pitches.
Tipping pitches doesn't make you walk guys. I say it is b/c he is not in good shape and it takes him a while to get into pitching shape.
Actually, tipping pitches can lead to more walks. If the batter knows a breaking ball is coming, and it starts off low in the strike zone, you can hold off and let it break into the dirt. Without tipping, maybe you swing and miss thinking it was going to be a strike.
But i do agree things like this are often multiple causes.
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