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 Post subject: Mr. Wainwright
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:09 am 
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While watching the Dogers battle Adam Wainwright last night, I was thinking he didn't have his best stuff? Although he still only surrendered two runs, was it because odds dictated he was due for an "off" game?

Is it because the Pirates are "easier" (in general) to pitch to than the Dodgers?

It seems as though he was pouring in strikes against the Pirates. Especially his 12 to 6 curve ball. On the other hand, he wasn't doing that as much against the Dodgers. It seemed as though he wasn't challenging the Dodger hitters last night like he did when he won his two playoff games against the Pirates.

"Off" night for Mr. Wainwright? Or, was there more going on with Mr. Wainwright against the Dodgers last night versus Mr. Wainwright when he faced the Pirates?

PS: Would it probably be better if the Cards won this series against the Dodgers and move on to the WS? By doing so, would it make the Pirates look like an even better or stronger team? Even if the answers are yes, and yes, I'm still rooting for the Dodgers! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Mr. Wainwright
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:28 am 
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In 2013, the Pirates were the worst team in baseball at hitting changeups, and the third worst team in baseball at hitting curveballs. I'd say that explains Games 4 and 5 of the NLDS...


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 Post subject: Re: Mr. Wainwright
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:34 am 
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Wainwright didn't have his best stuff in Game 5. It was good, but the Pirates weren't swinging nearly as much at the curve ball in the dirt. They just didn't make good contact. I thought the Pirates were horrible in Game 1. Just not good enough in Game 5.

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 Post subject: Re: Mr. Wainwright
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:35 pm 
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Read somewhere that Waino threw something like 48 curves in game 5, which was the highest number (or percentage?) in his career.

That's what you call a scouting report. Pirates can't hit the curve? Throw the curve.


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 Post subject: Re: Mr. Wainwright
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:38 pm 
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J_C_Steel wrote:
In 2013, the Pirates were the worst team in baseball at hitting changeups, and the third worst team in baseball at hitting curveballs. I'd say that explains Games 4 and 5 of the NLDS...


BBF wrote:
Read somewhere that Waino threw something like 48 curves in game 5, which was the highest number (or percentage?) in his career.

That's what you call a scouting report. Pirates can't hit the curve? Throw the curve.


One would think that's a HUGE weakness this Pirate team has??? One would think hitting curve balls and changeups will be a major area that will be worked on in Spring Training for the 2014 season??? Under the tutelage of Jay Bell and under the supervision of Clint Hurdle??? One would think the Pirates will have much more success hitting those pitches during the 2014 season???

One would think????

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 Post subject: Re: Mr. Wainwright
PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:33 pm 
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BBF wrote:
Read somewhere that Waino threw something like 48 curves in game 5, which was the highest number (or percentage?) in his career.

That's what you call a scouting report. Pirates can't hit the curve? Throw the curve.


Can't hit it- can't lay off it.


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