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(   Signs a great pitcher is no more: 2 1/3 innings, 9R, 4H (including 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 grand-slam), 4K, 4BB, 2HBP. Difficulty: against the Miami Marlins   ( divider line
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2013-05-06 12:02:07 PM  
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Hope he goes out with more class than lefty did.
2013-05-06 10:15:11 AM  
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chimp_ninja: Signs that he's really not this bad:
1) Really unlucky on HRs. 28% of his fly balls leave the yard, which is crazy. You can't blame his stadium, either-- home/road numbers are equal. His xFIP is a more reasonable 4.15, and over his career his FIP/xFIP have been better predictors of ERA than prior ERA.
2) Still striking guys out. When he can locate, the stuff must be there.

This is why people should watch games and not think stats tell the story, because they don't.

He's not unlucky on HR's he's throwing fat, slow pitches over the middle of the plate.

He doesn't have stuff.  The pitches have no bite and his fastball is too slow to be effective.  He hasn't had stuff since the end of last year.

Any vet MLB pitcher can mix in some good games.  Sometimes hitters are being over anxious, he also altered his approach over the past few games which probably threw off the scouting reports.  But now they're readjusting.

I remember having the same conversation about Lincecum last year.  Ohh his BABIP is too high, he's not pitching poorly, he's just unlucky.  Umm no, he's just missing his spots.
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