So there was a very interesting thing that came out of watching the game on TV last night. I know we all hate fox and what not but a couple of gems were plucked.
One was Kotsay was mic-ed up. When Zito got pulled Kotsay and Bradley and Payton grouped together and Kotsay said to them: It looked like they were looking offspeed on him.
The second was the interview with Brandon Inge after the game. He confirmed this by saying zito's inside fastball was tough and they had noticed that he tends to throw slow stuff away after hard and in so they just looked out and away.
Why that worked on Zito: What hitters usually do.
Basically i think most guys approach on Zito is look fastball because his curveball is obviously notorious and his change is highly regarded. So look fastball. Zito locates his fastball actually pretty well despite its speed and well he throws about half offspeed stuff which IS nasty when you are looking fastball. the curveball looks like a fastball and well we've seen the effects of that, and the change looks like a fastball and ducks low and away to righties (doesnt throw it to lefties) who either flail at it or hit it well foul and his new slider is good to lefties. Zito doesnt throw alot of fastballs because it is hittable at 89 tops. but with about half offspeed the chances of you seeing a good one are slim.
Why that worked on Zito: what the tigers did. So the tigers said to hell with chasing his high fastball and getting jammed on his inside stuff and flailing and the bender and being a mile ahead of the change and decided to focus on the changeup and lefties may have been looking for his weaker slider.
Result: Brandon Inge wacks a changeup over the left field wall. guessing fastball he'd have been a mile ahead of it. I was very suprised that that ball stayed fair because usually you see that happen all the time to zito but it goes second deck and 40 yds foul. Now it makes sense knowing he was looking changeup (and he was still ahead of it!) His second ab same thing except less out in front and the result was in the gap.
So given all of this who's at fault here. Can we blame mr intangibles himself jason kendall for not modifying his game? do we blame Ken Macha for not recognizing it and making adjustments? Do we blame Mark Kotsay for not opening his mouth to the coaches with his cf vantage point?
Is it possible that the pitching strategy for starters comes from upper management and Beane himself is to blame? My friend at the game swears that he saw ken macha on his cell phone when Jimenez was on deck for his last ab him guessing that macha was calling beane to see if it was time for the backup or maybe a ph'er. If macha has no power it cant be his fault and blame should be on beane.
I guess in conclusion more questions have come from this than answers... does anyone agree with this at all? or am i crazy with alcs-overanalysis?
Who do you blame for Zito getting hit?
Jason Kendall: so much for intangibles... failed to recognize strategy (3 votes)
Ken Macha: He's the manager and the strategy maker and needs to step in and make such battefield adjustments (2 votes)
Mark Kotsay: He's the only one smart enough to figure it out but not enough to pass it along. (0 votes)
Billy Beane: Should give someone more power because the front office is too slow in the heat of battle (1 vote)
All of the above is a bs option so screw it - it was the damn benedict orange thunder sticks (6 votes)
Barry Zito: its his damn arm touching the ball last (11 votes)
Jimenez/Chavez: 5 outs is often 2 too many (2 votes)
25 total votes