Saturday, June 14, 2008

Be Afraid, MLB, Be Very Afraid

From Pete Abe:
He threw 88 pitches. Jorge Posada estimated that 55 of them were fastballs. Of that, 10 were two-seam, sinking fastballs. That’s a pitch Chamberlain learned from Chien-Ming Wang.
So according to Posada, Joba has learned to throw a sinker. Not only does this give him a fifth pitch, a rare commodity among pitchers, it will allow him to get outs earlier in counts, by inducing groundballs. It will mean fewer strikeouts, but it will also mean fewer pitches, which will allow him to go deeper in to games. He has made three major league starts, and Joba is already becoming an ace.