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.