I hate to ask non-Oakland questions in a new diary, especially on a game day, but this has been bothering me for a while.
A) Where can I get the stats for each pitcher classified by pitch. For example, how many pitches did Z throw this year? How many were curve balls, how many were sliders, who many were a two seamer etc? For each type of pitch, how many were called strikes, how many were hit foul, how many were swung at and missed? Of those hit into fair territory, how many were ground balls, and how many were fly balls. For each of those, how many led to a base hit and how many led to an out. I have no doubt BB and staff have these stats available to them, and Kendall obviously uses them to help decide which pitches to call. Are there any websites that make that info available to the fans?
A) Shouldn't a hit batter count as a walk? If a pitcher hits a batter, it's the same result as if he walked him, and both even occur as a result of wild pitches. Now there are some minor differences. a) Instead of four "bad" pitches, this is one "dreadful" pitch. b) The batter may get hurt. c) The other team may retaliate and hit your batters. d) Someone may get ejected. e) You are not allowed to do it intentionally. And so on. However, a pitcher who hits a lot of batters is like a pitcher who walks a lot of batters, and a hitter who can get hit is like a batter who can draw walks. Why differentiate between them, when the alternative of treating it as if nothing happened is so much worse. If a pitcher hits a batter it should not count as a perfect game.
C)Will we offer compensation to D & D? If they accept, how much would we have to pay? Would anyone else want to sign them away from us? Interesting how we have $10 Million flushed down the toilet due to injuries, only to have the new rookies have monster years that match or even exceed what we wanted from our veterans. The lack of compensation picks though bothers me, especially as other teams start to see the wisdom of drafting college kids and fewer of the good ones reach the latter rounds.
I realize the questions have nothing to do which other, but I thought it best to make it one diary and limit the space they take up. Any answers to these questions would be most appreciated. Thanks.