Pitching to the Corners; Links

At The Hardball Times, Lucas Apostoleris (@DBITLefty) did some data mining to find the pitchers who frequently hit the corners of the strike zone.

The information was quite interesting and confirmed a lot of what we already knew about the Phillies:

  • J.C. Romero loves to pitch inside to left-handers (11.7%)
  • Jamie Moyer loves to throw inside to right-handers (8.1%)
  • Roy Halladay works the inside corner to all hitters (6.3%)

More links from the Internets after the jump.

Interesting discussion on The Book blog about the Rockies-Phillies game yesterday. MGL wonders why Jim Tracy allowed Jorge de la Rosa to bunt, rather than use a pinch-hitter. [Link]

David Schoenfield lists the best players taken at each of the top 30 draft slots. Three Phillies made the list. [Link]

Steven Goldman of Baseball Prospectus wonders why Fredi Gonzalez didn’t use his closer in a tie game on the road. Sounds familiar. [Link]

At The Good Phight, David Cohen gives us reason for optimism with the sputtering Phillies offense. [Link]

Likewise, Nick Menta of The 700 Level wants fans not to overreact to the offense. [Link]

The Fightins has an audio recollection of a Chris Wheeler mishap. [Link]

David Murphy lays out the reasoning behind trading for a bat. Carlos Beltran? Michael Cuddyer? [Link]

Martin Frank explains why Chase Utley won’t be rushed back to resuscitate the offense. [Link]

Todd Zolecki says that Ryan Madson is giving the Phillies good reason to keep him as the official closer. FINALLY! [Link]

Satchel Price plays the arbitrary endpoints game at Beyond the Box Score. Jose Bautista… wow. [Link]

Also at BtBS, Peter Hjort looks at some economic reasons that could play a role in Francisco Rodriguez‘s next destination. [Link]

At FanGraphs, Dave Cameron looks at the platoon splits of Charlie Morton. Reminds me of Kyle Kendrick. [Link]

Ben Duronio of Capitol Avenue Club lauds Brian McCann. It seems odd, but he really does seem underrated across baseball. [Link]

Look at the top three names on the SIERA leaderboard. Good times. [Link]

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  1. Scott G

    May 20, 2011 02:09 PM

    All day on 610 WIP the hosts have been saying/inferring that Manuel was trying to send a message to Ruben Amaro Jr. by having Cliff Lee pinch hit last night. Does anyone else believe this? I certainly don’t. I think he didn’t want to waste a position player that early in the game.

  2. Scott G

    May 20, 2011 03:10 PM

    Again, Keith Jones makes me laugh, and I like hearing some of the celebrities they have on. Any suggestions about other, more sabermetrically based stations I could listen to?

  3. Bill Baer

    May 20, 2011 03:13 PM

    haha, not without shameless self-promotion.

    cough(Grab an HD radio and tune in to “Stathead” with myself and Jeff Sottolano on 98.1 WOGL HD-4 on Tuesdays at 3 PM ET and Wednesdays at 2 PM ET.)cough

    To answer your above question, though, I agree with you — there is absolutely no malice behind Manuel’s decision to pinch-hit with Lee. I think he was anticipating a long, close game and not a blowout.

  4. Parker

    May 20, 2011 04:09 PM

    Charlie Manuel refuses to not hit bad hitters in the 2nd hole. Hilarious.

  5. Scott G

    May 20, 2011 08:15 PM


    Don’t be ashamed of self promotion.


    Seriously, it’s ridiculous. Let’s bat our worst hitters in the most important lineup slot, and give them the 2nd most PAs. Forget the “statistically most important slot”, just realize that Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez are getting more PAs than everyone but Jimmy Rollins. Insane.

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