07-20-2012, 03:07 PM #1
What to Watch for? Nick Blackburn version.
One thing to watch for when Nick Blackburn takes the mound tonight against Luke Hochevar and the Kansas City Royas is how often he uses his cutter. When he first came up to the Twins in a September call up, he used the pitch and it was quite good. In recent years, he has gone away from the cutter. I'm not optimistic about Blackburn, but reportedly he and Bobby Cuellar did work on getting him to use the cutter more frequently. He had the success in AAA. Could incorporation of that pitch into his repertoire help him become at least bearable to watch? We shall see.
07-20-2012, 03:24 PM #2
How come Rick Anderson, in the last 2 1/2 years, never told Blackburn to throw the cutter more?It might (probably) won't work, but if he got away from using a good pitch, I would think that Anderson would have noticed...
07-20-2012, 03:26 PM #3
I'm not trying to dump on Anderson, but Cuellar's advice is being put out there as some kind of deus ex machina. And if Cuellar's that good, then HE should be the pitching coach of the Twins.
But truthfully I think the Twins are just oversimplifying Blackburn's issues.
07-20-2012, 04:39 PM #4
07-20-2012, 06:20 PM #5
07-20-2012, 08:58 PM #6
I'm sure for every good story, there are several guys he wasn't able to reach. He didn't make Juan Morillo or Jim Hoey good. This isn't a Cuellar/Anderson thing...
I took the young'n to the fair again tonight. Got home in the fifth. What is Blackburn doing? Is he throwing the cutter? Mixing more pitches? What's working? Or just that the Royals are bad?
07-20-2012, 10:12 PM #7
If you dare to talk about Andy's misses on the other hand... and some of them were severe, like RA Dickey...
07-20-2012, 10:25 PM #8
WTF does he have to do with Dickey? JHFC, talk about a reach and a half."Maybe you could go grab a bat and ball… and learn something. Maybe you will get it."
- Strib commenter educating the elitists on the value of RBI's
07-20-2012, 10:27 PM #9
07-20-2012, 10:38 PM #10
Can we please, please, please stop blaming the Twins for letting Dickey go?
It holds no water.
07-20-2012, 10:57 PM #11
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