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Billy and the two-pitch pitcher


I was just reading this well-written (moving? heart warming? Scotty is a resurrected zombie-pitcher?) feature on Kazmir and a I noticed an interesting pattern with Billy over the past two years and the 'two pitch' pitcher.

It seems Billy may have found yet another market inefficiency in the two-pitch pitcher. He took a risk on Colon, who essentially threw one pitch, and has our best pitcher recently. He then brought Sonny up to the majors, where he has been befuddling line-ups with two pitches. There were lots of doubts about both these guys because of their limited arsenal. Now Kazmir mentions he was primarily a two-pitch hurler until he started doing yoga, and which point a handful of other pitches... magically fell out of the sky? Yeah, we'll go with that.

I know that Kazmir has more pitches now, reducing my prospective sample size to Colon and Gray. That being said, those are two pretty important pieces of our pitching puzzle. Did Billy like Kazmir better because of his history making it work with two pitches? Has Billy figured out that more pitches is not necessarily better, and that excellent control is better than middling variety? Why is Billy, like, so great??

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