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4/26 Schmidt report (went to game last night)

Postby nsavio » Tue Apr 27, 2004 4:20 pm

For all you Schmidt owners, here's what I saw at the Giants game last night (sitting in straightaway center bleachers where I could see the pitch location):

Schmidt was hitting 95+ on his fastball, but he couldn't throw it where he wanted to. He threw a LOT of changeups. Almost all his Ks were off the change and some at bats he seemed throw almost all changeups.

By the 5th inning, he looked pretty wasted; he barely got through the 5th (glad he did, though, for the win ;) )

Overall, the feeling I had was that he's pretty rusty and not in midseason condition at all. I am hopeful he will return to somewhere near top form, although it's obviously way too soon to tell.
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Postby RedsRebirth » Tue Apr 27, 2004 4:37 pm

Well, from what ive heard, the offseason surgery allows him to throw more changeups now. Im sure hes not in great form yet, but seems to be coming around.
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Postby wrveres » Tue Apr 27, 2004 5:48 pm

Did you have Binocoluars? :-?
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Postby nsavio » Tue Apr 27, 2004 6:00 pm

No binocs, but it's pretty easy to tell an 85 mph changeup down in the zone from a 95 mph fastball up and in, even from 460ft ;)

I was also able to watch his body language, etc. He definitely doesn't look comfortable out there yet, but all told I was encouraged because:

1. He had decent speed on the heater
2. The change looked great
3. The Braves didn't really hit that many balls hard; several of their (admittedly too many) hits were seeing eye grounders.
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Postby wrveres » Tue Apr 27, 2004 6:41 pm

Thanks for the scouting report ;-D
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