jdh wrote:The problem that I have with Prior (and Wood for that matter) is that he still has not learned to pitch in an economical manner. Taking today's game for an example, 120 pitches and he couldn't finish 6 innings. That's over 20 pitches per inning which is just terrible. He was nibbling at the corners all day, trying to make the perfect pitch to get pretty and get strikeouts rather than just trying to get the batters out.
You have to take into account that Prior was facing one of the hottest and deadliest offenses on the road today. Even Prior admitted after the game that he was painting the corners, but can you blame him...he's facing Carlos "Freakin-HR" Delgado. You don't throw the ball right down the middle to the Jays...just ask Jays Cliff Politte what happens when you do that to any team.
Here's what Delgado and Cat had to say about Prior today.
"A few of Toronto's hitters were impressed with his work, including Carlos Delgado and Frank Catalanotto. The pair said that he compared favorably to Kerry Wood, who pitched against Toronto on Friday.
"He's one of the best. He's got a great slider, one of the best I've seen this year," Catalanotto said. "He's got very good control too. He puts his fastball in spots where you can't hit it. That slider looks like a fastball coming in. It's got good tight spin, and at the last second it drops off the table. He's one of the best young pitchers around."
"The guy yesterday is like a power-pitcher. His stuff is a little bit more overpowering, probably not as much control as Prior," Delgado said about Wood. "They're both pretty good. Those guys that they run out there are probably the best pitching staff in the game. They're definitely the best pitching staff I've seen all year, including the Yankees."
Prior is better and has more command than Wood now. Don't know if you guys knew this, but the Yankees actually drafted Prior out of high school. I have a ton of respect for Prior, he chose college and left 1.4 million dollars on the table with the Yankees. That's pretty hard to do for any high school student in any sport.
Imagine if Prior was the latest Yankee phenom... sickening thought...Steinbrenner is still whining and having nightmares about letting Prior get away.