Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part II
posted at 4/28/2013 11:47 PM EDT
In response to patrickford's comment:
A simple answer: it's all in his head.
Moon, What's your perception of Doubront:
All over the place, just plain wild with bad mechanics?
A Dice-K like nibbler who doesn't trust his stuff, and won't challenge hitters?
I see him just missing on lots of pitches. There is also the distraction of not getting calls on the black. So what does he do? "Give in" to the hitter and not try and be so precise? I think he has to go after people more. He's got something of a rep for petulance which no doubt doesn't sit well with unpires. He could also study film of Greg Maddux. Not the mechanics, but the facial expressions, the body language. Either that or he could ask for a trade to the Rays. THat alone would expand his strike zone by a couple of inches.
I had super high hopes for this kid a couple years back, and it burned me up when he finally got his big chance and was out of condition coming into ST. I know I should give the kid a second chance, but seeing a kid with his talent go in that direction, I just can't help but think that people don't change that easily. He is what he is (was).
He's got "wicked good talent", but that is not always enough to make it in MLB.
I think he needs to stop nibbling and start to challenge hitters more. Maybe he'll get a few less K's, but the BBs are killing me.
I'm not giving up on him, but nothing I have seen so far this year tells me I was wrong about wanting to trade him last winter for an upgrade at the 4/5 slot.