Officially concerned that Tommy is regressing a bit. I half expected a rough outing from him today. It just seems like he labors every game. And also back to wondering if he tips his pitches. It’s remarkable how hittable he’s been even when his full arsenal is catching 4 different spots in the zone.
He has a tell on what he’s gonna throw. Either they can see the grip change, or he has a repetitive physical gesture in his delivery for each pitch that tells the batter what pitch he’s gonna throw. It could be anything no matter how small. For example, tilting your head slightly when you’re gonna throw a curve or slider. Not tilting it when throw the fastball. It’s kind of hard for me to explain. It’s like a tell in a poker game. If a guy’s got a good hand he always acts a certain way or has a gesture. When he’s bluffing he’ll smirk or wipe his brow.
Mara, it’s the same as tipping your hand in poker. Sometimes pitchers develop little involuntary mannerisms they do just before a certain pitch, or certain pitches, during the early delivery or even just before the wind, and if a team’s scouts can find it in the video room, they can exploit it.
A pitcher on my high school rival would raise his glove to different levels in his delivery depending on whether he would throw a fastball or a curve, and we would crush him every time. It’s an unbelievable advantage for a hitter.
I’m getting a little tired of F*** being the go-to word for baseball players getting mad. I mean, every time? That word? Think of the kiddies. It’s not like they save it up for the absolute worst. It’s nightly.
Kids in bed. Now back to business. Thanks for the splaining and Anne, thanks for answering my Dodger Stadium question. Just saw a funny tweet…McLueless. And yes Bub, you are old but we’ve already covered this.
Almost as good as Jim Powell saying McOut looks like he’s swinging in the dark and commenting that Hinske at least attempted to throw home in the 3rd on Ethier’s sac fly. I’m gathering that Jim Powell isn’t a big McOut fan. In the past Jim’s been equally as puzzled as I’ve been about McOut bunting with men on or RISP with the pitcher behind him. I much prefer Jim Powell to Chip.