Ultimately, Jake Arrieta’s disastrous pitching line from Saturday’s start was caused by a host of factors: bad luck, a less-than stellar breaking ball, questionable game-calling and an inability to execute in key situations. I won’t go so far as to assert how much of the blame should be doled out to Fox’s game-calling, but it does seem that Wieters is a bit more in tune with the nuances of his staff. Because of all these factors, we can expect a rebound for Arrieta in his next outing.
Don wrote:I am sorry that I am so critical at the moment. I plan to send Jordan my scouting report later today and un-fourtunately this outing will ecco my report. The good thing is that he is better than this outing. He is a guy with great stuff and the abiliity to be a better pitcher than most give him credit for in the first place. I hope they can all learn from this about being more selective and balance out the repitore for better results.
Don wrote:I saw the topic Dan, but I did not have the time yet to really sit and read it. This was not directed towards your article and it was more to the point of my drive into work on talk radio. Some beat writer may have slipped and more than one fan drank the Kool aid without really understanding what goes into how a pitcher performs on the mound.
These guys work pre-game material on more than one occassion for that day. They would have worked it with both him and Britton Saturday morning. Jake and Jake should have been sitting with Mark, Matt, and Zack to see how they planned to attack based on scouting reports. In between games, everyone should have sat down for a few minutes on what to tinker based on Zach's outing. Either way, they should have fully been on the same page on how to attack.
Zach sat on his bread and butter seam/sinker and worked well with a balanced attack keeping hitters on edge. He worked through three or four speeds to keep timing at bay. Jake was throwing gas or heavy breaking balls where the difference is so subtle that guys can sit on the slider and catch up to the fastball, or visa versa.
I just think somewhere it all broke down and no one knew it, or did not think it was bad idea. I tend to disagree with that approach in the second game. If he would have worked in the change up a bit more, it would have at least given him a punchers chance to fail on a hanging slider, curve because maybe that split second judgement causes the batter to miss the sweet spot and the homerun is a routine fly ball.
He gives up the gopher balls and I am going to start to track why, because it is not always bad pitches. Beltre took a tough low fastball, but it was a pitchers pitch and good location down and slightly away. If he kept everyone off balanced, could that have been a grounder instead?
Don wrote:Dan...this is why I think Jake is still a "Thrower" and not quite a "Pitcher", which is the reason alot of people knock him down to the mid-rotation and back of the rotation ceiling. I will read your piece later this afternoon and touch base.
I do not think we disagree too much; I just think we have slightly different philsophies on certain aspects of the game. Does it mean one is right over the other? Nope. As I always say, there is more than one way to skin a cat.
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