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THAT Is a Strike? Really?

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The title of the post, of course, refers to the call that ended the Rangers-Rays game last night.

Watch the pitch here.

Actually PITCH-FX showed that though the last pitch of the game came on a 3-2 count, NONE of the six pitches Nathan threw to Zobrist were strikes.

Nathan clearly mouthed the word “Wow” as he came off the mound to shake the catcher’s hand.




Joe Maddon was pretty upset, and he and a lot of Rays’ players will be fined for their postgame comments about the call, though most of what they had to say accurately describes the awfulness of the called strike. (Calling it the “worst call ever,” as Jeremy Hellickson did, rather exaggerates the point as Don Denkinger’s call in Game Six of the ’85 World Series hasn’t been reversed and it was terrible beyond belief.)

Ben Zobrist, by the way, consistently demonstrates among the very best command of th strike zone in the game, sporting a walk rate north of 11% each of the last four seasons (the league average was 8.0% in 2012; a chart showing the relative merits of walk rates can be found here). Consistently, maintaining that walk rate means that Zobrist possesses a very good eye, and his strike zone judgment rates as “very solid.” Apparently, it is better than the umpire’s.


Written by jjvedamuthu

April 8, 2013 at 22:32