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(Deadspin)   MLB scouting report: "He's got that good lively arm, but control has been a big problem for him throughout his career." Cubs pitcher promptly doesn't disappoint (w/video)   (deadspin.com) divider line 59
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2013-06-18 07:34:17 AM  

Juuuust a bit outside.


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2013-06-18 07:35:51 AM  
Better teach this kid some control before he kills somebody.
 
2013-06-18 08:20:27 AM  
Perfect set up man for Marmlol.
 
2013-06-18 08:28:01 AM  
Want me to go get him?
 
2013-06-18 08:36:27 AM  
Come on, 'rook, show us that million-dollar arm. 'Cause I got; oh yeah, I got a good idea about that five-cent head of yours.
 
2013-06-18 08:41:33 AM  
rock me like a hurricane!
 
2013-06-18 08:46:12 AM  

xanadian: Juuuust a bit outside.
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hahaha


i guess he was nervous
 
2013-06-18 08:47:25 AM  
Ump looked slightly irritated.
 
2013-06-18 08:47:29 AM  
I won't dig in, I don't know where these pitches are going. Honest to God.
 
2013-06-18 08:50:28 AM  
In addition, he hit the sportswriter, the public address announcer, the bull mascot twice... also new league records! But, Joe, this guy's got some serious shiat.
 
2013-06-18 08:53:47 AM  

Charlie Freak: Want me to go get him?


Interesting.
 
2013-06-18 08:56:30 AM  

Freakin Rican: xanadian: Juuuust a bit outside.
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hahaha


i guess he was nervous


I think it's safe to say, after this, any ump/batter/catcher/fan behind home plate has every right to be nervous.
 
2013-06-18 08:58:42 AM  
nice job trading for him cubs.  world series here you come
 
2013-06-18 09:01:56 AM  
Uh, yeah, us Nats fans couldn't believe that anyone was actually willing to take him. His lack of control and fragile psyche have been the bane of our bullpen for two seasons now. Davey stuck with him way too long, hoping he'd learn some control, just because he can throw the ball through a block of adamantium. He's hopeless.
 
2013-06-18 09:05:55 AM  
On both pitches, the catcher lined up low and outside. He only missed by two feet.

Look for low and outside. But watch out for in your ear.
 
2013-06-18 09:06:42 AM  

ChrisDe: Look for low and outside. But watch out for in your ear.


Hey... can I get a warning??
 
2013-06-18 09:07:20 AM  
Chicago,

Good luck with Henry!

Love, Washington
 
2013-06-18 09:09:38 AM  
Is not impressed

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2013-06-18 09:10:04 AM  
Kid seems like a thrower, not a pitcher.  I'm sure at some point a pitching coach said "just take a few MPH off those and your accuracy will improve" but the kid said F THAT I CAN THROW THE BALL 100MPH!!  Ego.  Probably was brought up constantly being told how superawesome he was.  Might take a few demotions to get that kicked into his head.
 
2013-06-18 09:12:26 AM  

xanadian: I think it's safe to say, after this, any ump/batter/catcher/fan behind home plate has every right to be nervous.


After this?  He almost hit HIMSELF in the head with a pitch that bounced off the backstop earlier this year... nobody knows where it's going, nobody is safe.  NOBODY
 
2013-06-18 09:14:47 AM  
Krymson Tyde:  Better teach this kid some control before he kills somebody.

This.  The umpire is lucky he's still able to walk although I bet his left foot swelled up to the size cantaloupe by the time he got back to the hotel.
 
2013-06-18 09:22:06 AM  
When the Nats brought Henry Rodriguez into the game, it felt like to me they were conceding the game.  You knew lots of walks and wild pitches were going to follow.  But at least he was hitting 98, 99, 100, 101 mph on those balls sailing by the catcher.
 
2013-06-18 09:35:27 AM  
In the 1950's the Yankees had a reliever named Ryne Duren , who wore thick glasses, threw about 100 mph and  sometimes had control problems. One time, a batter came up and remarked to catcher Yogi Berra about the pitcher's wildness, to which Yogi replied, "Yeah, and doesn't see too good, either."
 
2013-06-18 09:36:30 AM  

the_rev: ChrisDe: Look for low and outside. But watch out for in your ear.

Hey... can I get a warning??


Sure...Watch you don't get killed kid.
 
2013-06-18 09:39:52 AM  
I couldn't imagine being a Cubs fan. I'd be on antidepressants all the time.

Mets, too.
 
2013-06-18 09:49:33 AM  

Krymson Tyde: Better teach this kid some control before he kills somebody.


You Are All Sheep: Kid seems like a thrower, not a pitcher.  I'm sure at some point a pitching coach said "just take a few MPH off those and your accuracy will improve" but the kid said F THAT I CAN THROW THE BALL 100MPH!!  Ego.  Probably was brought up constantly being told how superawesome he was.  Might take a few demotions to get that kicked into his head.


Yeah guys, getting Major League level control is just that easy.  Take a couple mph off and concentrate real hard and you'll be painting corners...
 
2013-06-18 09:55:56 AM  

browneye: Krymson Tyde:  Better teach this kid some control before he kills somebody.

This.  The umpire is lucky he's still able to walk although I bet his left foot swelled up to the size cantaloupe by the time he got back to the hotel.


That would be weird, seeing as how he got hit on the right leg.
 
2013-06-18 09:56:13 AM  

bacongood: Krymson Tyde: Better teach this kid some control before he kills somebody.

You Are All Sheep: Kid seems like a thrower, not a pitcher.  I'm sure at some point a pitching coach said "just take a few MPH off those and your accuracy will improve" but the kid said F THAT I CAN THROW THE BALL 100MPH!!  Ego.  Probably was brought up constantly being told how superawesome he was.  Might take a few demotions to get that kicked into his head.

Yeah guys, getting Major League level control is just that easy.  Take a couple mph off and concentrate real hard and you'll be painting corners...


You might be surprised.  and I didn't say 'painting corners' but he probably wouldn't be a potential injury threat every time he threw the ball either.
 
2013-06-18 10:04:19 AM  

tbaughm: Is not impressed

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...did he just say "funky buttlovin'?"
 
2013-06-18 10:17:33 AM  
Anyway, I keep telling my fellow Cub fans not to expect to see the full vision of the new ownership/management until about 2018-2019 (and even then it's the early version).  It takes a long time for draft picks to develop, and they also implemented a new system of teaching baseball all the way through the minors.  That shiat will take time.

I am more than willing to be patient, I'll happily watch them renovate Wrigley in order to get every last bit of revenue out of the park, and I will not take any of these short-term free agents too seriously, but I expect to see regular playoff appearances after that.
 
2013-06-18 10:18:17 AM  
Maybe he just needs glasses?
 
2013-06-18 10:27:43 AM  

BobCumbers: Maybe he just needs glasses?


Seeing's the most important thing.
 
2013-06-18 10:31:54 AM  
Krymson Tyde:  Better teach this kid some control before he kills somebody.

This.  The umpire is lucky he's still able to walk although I bet his left foot swelled up to the size cantaloupe by the time he got back to the hotel.

That would be weird, seeing as how he got hit on the right leg.


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Never post while the phone is ringing at work.
 
2013-06-18 10:34:19 AM  

the_rev: In addition, he hit the sportswriter, the public address announcer, the bull mascot twice... also new league records! But, Joe, this guy's got some serious shiat.


From what I hear, he couldn't hit water if he fell out of a farkin boat.

/watched that movie last weekend
 
2013-06-18 10:40:25 AM  

BobCumbers: Maybe he just needs glasses?


www.goldenagebaseballcards.com
Just point me toward the plate, I'll take it from there.
 
2013-06-18 10:47:29 AM  

phyrkrakr: the_rev: In addition, he hit the sportswriter, the public address announcer, the bull mascot twice... also new league records! But, Joe, this guy's got some serious shiat.

From what I hear, he couldn't hit water if he fell out of a farkin boat.

/watched that movie last weekend


It's one of my all time favorites.
 
2013-06-18 11:12:50 AM  

the_rev: phyrkrakr: the_rev: In addition, he hit the sportswriter, the public address announcer, the bull mascot twice... also new league records! But, Joe, this guy's got some serious shiat.

From what I hear, he couldn't hit water if he fell out of a farkin boat.

/watched that movie last weekend

It's one of my all time favorites.


My wife watched it for the first time with me. We're watching the Cards/Cubs game last night and Miller's leg cramps up, so the trainer and everybody come out to the mound. She looks at me and says "Candlesticks are always nice, maybe a table setting. Let's see where they're registered."

I was so proud.
 
2013-06-18 11:26:46 AM  
'Throw it at the Bull mascot'.....
 
2013-06-18 11:27:23 AM  
'The rose goes in front big guy.'
 
2013-06-18 11:30:57 AM  
'Nuke f*cks kinda like he pitches, all over the place.'
 
2013-06-18 11:40:12 AM  
So he's essentially the Rex Grossman of the MLB.

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2013-06-18 12:08:09 PM  
The Cubs management knows they're going to be bad, so I assume getting this guy and adding him to a pen that already has Marmol is just in an effort to further their attempt to be Fun Bad rather than just bad.
 
2013-06-18 12:13:05 PM  

ChrisDe: BobCumbers: Maybe he just needs glasses?

[www.goldenagebaseballcards.com image 275x385]
Just point me toward the plate, I'll take it from there.


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2013-06-18 12:15:55 PM  
As a Washington fan, I can attest to the severe moments of WTF! that he has produced over the past couple years. When his meltdowns have cost the team wins, they're annoying. But when he does some crazy shiat in a game that's already out of hand, I don't care as much and  can laugh at him.

Case in point... have you ever seen a pitcher hit HIMSELF with a pitch? Watch this and you still won't have, but it will probably be closer than ever before.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/wp/2013/04/29/henr y- rodriguez-almost-hits-himself-in-the-head-with-a-pitch/
 
2013-06-18 12:39:17 PM  

SlothB77: When the Nats brought Henry Rodriguez into the game, it felt like to me they were conceding the game. You knew lots of walks and wild pitches were going to follow. But at least he was hitting 98, 99, 100, 101 mph on those balls sailing by the catcher.


I was impressed when he led all of baseball in wild pitches in 2011 despite throwing only 65 IP.

In 2012 he was 3rd in the NL in wild pitches despite only getting in 29 IP before his demotion.

So the Cubs thought: "I see something in this guy.  He's our kind of pitcher!"

So far this year: 19 IP, 16 walks, 2 HBP, a balk, and 2 wild pitches.  He doesn't even strike guys out (11) often, presumably because the batters know they don't have to swing.

Other fun fact: Thanks to his ridiculous windup, base stealers are 38-for-40 over his career when he's on the mound.  He's never picked off a runner.  So he puts them on for free and lets them take second.
 
2013-06-18 12:42:58 PM  
Has he tried wearing garters?
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2013-06-18 12:51:42 PM  

Orgasmatron138: Anyway, I keep telling my fellow Cub fans not to expect to see the full vision of the new ownership/management until about 2018-2019 (and even then it's the early version).  It takes a long time for draft picks to develop, and they also implemented a new system of teaching baseball all the way through the minors.  That shiat will take time.

I am more than willing to be patient, I'll happily watch them renovate Wrigley in order to get every last bit of revenue out of the park, and I will not take any of these short-term free agents too seriously, but I expect to see regular playoff appearances after that.


Ah cubs fans. I am not sure you give sports fans in general hope or a reason to ignore terrible ownerships.
 
2013-06-18 01:05:36 PM  
GARDENHOSER
 
2013-06-18 01:47:02 PM  
Forget the curveball, Ricky.......Give em the heater
 
2013-06-18 02:18:29 PM  

BobCumbers: Maybe he just needs glasses?


deadhomersociety.files.wordpress.com
He probably misses his old glasses.
 
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