kab21 wrote:MTUCache wrote:kab21 wrote:How about when a pitcher has thrown 100 pitches in the 5th inning with 4 BB's (like j Sanchez today)? Sometimes pitchers try to get too perfect with their pitches.
As long as they're not all over the place, these guys would be referred to as "nibblers", constantly trying to nibble in on the corners of the strikezone. Some do it effectively, others end up killing themselves by forcing themselves into 2-0 fastballs right down the middle several times in a game. These guys are the most frustrating to watch, and the most dependent on which umpire is behind the plate that game.
But shouldn't these nibblers be pitching more to contact so that they can go further into the game. Especially when they have the heat like Sanchez.
Like I said, it's completely dependent on the pitcher. Some guys can get to the HoF doing it (Maddux). Other guys just end up walking seven guys per game and might as well be giving up singles, it would take less pitches.
You'd like to think that a guy with heat wouldn't be afraid to just rifle it down the pipe every once in a while, challenging these guys (as well as setting up his high fastball), but they either don't have that kind of command or they're afraid they'll get mashed. In the majors, unless you've got 98+, heat isn't really "heat". Just about all these guys can hit it deep if you don't have late movement.