Thanks for the replies guys. I am still not sold on him being a strikeout guy, but who really knows. I do think he may be like a Vazquez, big k's and good control one year to avg K's and still good control the next.
The Cow wrote:Thanks for the replies guys. I am still not sold on him being a strikeout guy, but who really knows. I do think he may be like a Vazquez, big k's and good control one year to avg K's and still good control the next.
Thanks, The Cow
Vazquez's declining K's were expected right when he went to the Yanks and the AL. It was in due partly to him not knowing the hitters well, but more so a part of him not having easy K's in the pitchers spot.
I don't think it's rocket science. He's always had great stuff. It was just a matter of learning how to use it. When you have great speed and movement, you don't need good pitch selection in college, the olympics, or even the minors. In the majors, you need to learn when to throw what. For some pitchers like Sheets, it just takes longer than others.
Gil Meche and Danny Kolb throw in the high 90's - around 97/98 I think - and they hardly K anybody. It's more of your style then your speed. I don't think Nomo ever threw very hard (around 90 maybe) but he was always a good K pitcher. He should retire now though......
As for Bonderman, yeah he's gonna be very good. I had him in a few leagues this year and he's been great at times. He was in line to be another Oakland Ace before he was traded. Luckily being thrown to the wolves last year didn't destroy his confidence....
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LBJackal wrote:That's true... but I don't think he is attacking the strike zone more, I think he has better control, so he's attacking it less. He can hit it if he has to, but to get all those K's you don't attack the zone; that's what guys like David Wells, Derek Lowe and Tim Hudson do. They make you hit the ball the way they want, instead of not at all which is what it seems Sheets has been doing. He also has great control though, and hardly walks anybody. Seems like the real deal. You don't have a K/BB of 8.2 by fluke.
Along with Tongues first two...I think this is alot of it...when you look at a K pitcher (RJ, Wood, Clemens)...they don't strike people out in the stike zone...they get them to swing at pitches out of the zone...and this is what Sheets has started to do...I think it comes from him maturing as a pitcher...
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