May 22, 2006
Change Of Pace For Big Papi?
MSGNetwork.com has posted an interesting look at David Ortiz vs. the Yankees. Here's the meat of it:
Now, I'm no scout - although I like to play one at this blog - but, when I see these results, and knowing the pitchers behind the names, I want to say that this paints a picture on how to throw to Ortiz: Change speeds.
If you look at the pitchers on this list who have faced Ortiz at least 7 times, those who have faired well are guys who can change speeds and locate. (Expect Randy Johnson, who probably gets Ortiz out due to his size, release point, etc.)
Guys like Wang, Wright, Rivera, and Sturtze - who Ortiz hits well - basically throw their pitches around the same speed.
Of course, you cannot get pitchers who do not have a change-up to throw one. But, at the least, you can tell these pitchers to not throw Ortiz something that he can hit. These are the hurlers who should stay "up and in, and, down and away" - but out of the strike zone (to see if they can get Ortiz to chase).
Hey, it's just a theory. But, it's time to see if it can work.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at May 22, 2006 05:03 PM
We'd have to look at how Ortiz does against all pitching in order to break down how he does against a certain "type" of pitcher.
How about just walking him 4 times a game, regardless. I'd rather pitch to Manny and have him beat me. Although, of course, there is something to having "the best person" in baseball repeatedly kill you (pace Gammons).