Thursday, August 27, 2009

C'Mon Blue!

You see the green box labeled with the number six, sitting there right in the middle of the strike zone? That was the third strike, thrown by J.P. Howell to Vernon Wells, that should've ended the ninth and sent the game into extra innings. As you can see by the rest of the pitches charted here (retrieved from this website), and as is obvious from the result of the game, Howell was struggling with his control. But c'mon. That pitch was so clearly, so obviously a strike that even Wells was surprised that the ump sent him to first. Who knows what might have happened if things had gone, the way they should have, to the tenth inning.

- Dustin

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