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Re: Why doesn't everyone pitch Howard like Lowe does

Postby Polar Bear » Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:38 pm

Eh, Howard will still put up his usual 45 HRs 130 RBI and a dreadful .250 AVG. I play in primarily H2H leagues so I usually avoid Howard and Dunn due to inconsistency. I can't stand his average, but in about a month he will be a nice buy low guy, if you don't mine punting AVG.
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Re: Why doesn't everyone pitch Howard like Lowe does

Postby Element » Mon Apr 06, 2009 2:33 pm

Most do attempt to pitch that way to Howard. But not everyone has Derek Lowe's command. A hanging slider is one of the most dangerous pitches to throw to a guy like Howard.
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Re: Why doesn't everyone pitch Howard like Lowe does

Postby lastingsgriller » Mon Apr 06, 2009 2:37 pm

Bats, they are sick. I cannot hit curveball. Straightball I hit it very much. Curveball, bats are afraid. I ask Jobu to come, take fear from bats. I offer him cigar, rum. He will come.
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Re: Why doesn't everyone pitch Howard like Lowe does

Postby Nerfherders » Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:27 pm

mak1277 wrote:It's basically the way everyone pitched him in the playoffs/WS last year and I expect he'll get even more of it this year. Problem is that weaker pitchers don't have the command to consistently do it the way Lowe does, so they either hang a breaking ball or fall behind and have to throw fastballs.


You could see it in the difference with the way Mike Gonzalez pitched Howard. Tried to get the slider on the outside part of the plate and down and he just couldn't get it over... except that Howard helped by swinging at a couple. Then Gonzalez was forced to throw a get-over fastball which for whatever reason froze Howard, otherwise that ball would be halfway to Altoona by now.
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Re: Why doesn't everyone pitch Howard like Lowe does

Postby DaShiz23 » Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:43 pm

Element wrote:Most do attempt to pitch that way to Howard. But not everyone has Derek Lowe's command. A hanging slider is one of the most dangerous pitches to throw to a guy like Howard.

Agreed, either they hang 'em or walk him. This pretty much explains it all.
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