BDD: Tim McCarver Swings and Misses, Kinda

At Baseball Daily Digest, I test a claim of McCarver’s and find out his pitch was… just a bit outside.

I recently took a trip down memory lane by watching Game 5 of the 2008 World Series between the Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies again. Ahh, nostalgia. Little did I know that I was vulnerable to FOX color commentator Tim McCarver saying something interesting. I’m just as surprised as you are that McCarver had such potential.

Phillies right fielder Jayson Werth was facing Rays reliever Grant Balfour in the bottom of the sixth inning with one out and a runner on third base with the score tied 2-2. McCarver mentioned that Balfour was a good guy to have in given the situation because, with his high fastball velocity, he could induce an infield fly ball, which would prevent the runner on third (Geoff Jenkins) from scoring.

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