Re: Saltalamacchia--10th best catcher in MLB
posted at 7/26/2012 7:32 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Saltalamacchia--10th best catcher in MLB
[QUOTE]Listen CAREFULLY expitch. If pitchers were so freaking worried about Salty beating them how come he has a 6.8% WALK RATE? If pitchers were all that worried about Salty they would walk him more often.....RIGHT! Instead he strikes out over 4 times as often as he walks. Pitchers pitch to him ok. Yes, they do PITCH to him. Sometimes they just can't get their curveball over. Nathan walked Nava, the batter just before him. He pitched him carefully also. And Nava hasn't been setting the world on fire lately. Was he all that worried about a "cookie" with Nava? Salty's average for the month of July is now .151. Does it really sound to you like Nathan was afraid to pitch to Salty? I mean REALLY? End of story. I waste so much time with you expitch. And you never get it. For a guy who supposedly knows so much you are one of the dumbest guys I've ever had a discussion with. Was Nathan concerned about pitching to Salty? Of course. Was he so concerned about Salty that he didn't pitch to him. No. He just didn't get his curveball over. Period.
Posted by Boomerangsdotcom[/QUOTE]
Back to THE situation that night night, not to this and that percentage previously.
Both Danny, an ex-pitcher, and Max, a good observer, understood the situation perfectly. See above.
Nathan was fearful of Salty, as would be any pitcher in his right mind, especially after the way Salty had hit the ball THE NIGHT BEFORE. Not three weeks ago. ( In case you don't know, scouting is CURRENT, night to night, game to game, and goes on during the game in the dugout. No one says, "We can't walk this guy. After all other pitchers do it only seven percent of the time." Try to keep that in mind when you're looking at a game -- a specific situation in a game, not in your computer. ) He was pitching extra carefully to Salty BECAUSE he had walked Nava, whom he had not wanted to walk. His penalty for giving up that walk was that he had to face Salty with the game on the line.
( That's how she works, baseball. You do this, you get a reward. You do that, you get a penalty. You go 3 and 1 on a batter, it's his advantage. You go 1 and 2, it's your advantage. You let a man get to third with less than two outs in a close game, you have to play the infield in. That's the penalty. ) You even said that the pitches to Salty were so bad that you and I could have drawn a walk in that situation. Was Nathan off his game so badly that he was that wild? No one has said that Nathan issued an intentional walk. But it was clearly an unintentional intentional walk, during which strikes can occur.
Clear, that is, to anyone who had a clue about what was going on. It happens all the time in situations like that one. ( Yes, I've done it, under Rod's tutelage. Or Maybe I just dreamed it. We all wanted to play for him. In my case, so much so, that I dreamed that I actually did play for him. I was getting away with it too, before I ran into you. ) I pointed out that the 3 and 2 pitch was definitely delivered under the impetus of DON'T LET SALTY BEAT US. And,"I'll take my chances with Aviles."
The rest above, more pathetic ranting.
I take back Baseball 099. You need 088, Pre-Remedial Baseball.