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#1 Parker Hageman

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 11:08 PM

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#2 Ultima Ratio

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 11:15 PM

I just don't understand how Swarzak made little adjust in his approach to Granderson. Two homers on fastballs and one change up. He kept trying to keep the ball down (usually what you want to do when pitching) but Granderson loves down, and especially down and in. Either push him off the plate (how about some chin music?!) or keep it low and away or high and away with the hard stuff. Granderson, like too many opposing hitter, looked way too settled into the batter's box, covering and owning all the plate. This cannont happen if one wants to be a successful MLB pitcher.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 11:18 PM

Correction: sorry, Gray gets credit for one of the HRs... apparently using the same approach as Swarzak hoping for a different result. Bleh.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:32 AM

To his credit Swarzak made some adjustments and to the final 16 hitters he faced on the night, he threw 14 non-fastballs and just two fastballs to start them off.

Is this Swarzak, or his catcher (Doumit)?

Mauer was catching during the Yankees/Granderson debacle, so I guess the signal calling blame can be shared. (Oops, not blame; accountability is the buzzword this year.)

Edited by ashburyjohn, 20 April 2012 - 10:38 AM.