Beautiful, isn’t it?
Obviously, when a team gets 20 runs on 25 hits, the other team probably wasn’t locating their pitches terribly well. Still, I think there’s some value in visualizing just how poorly pirates pitchers located their pitches today.
First off, Daniel McCutchen, the Pirates starter, whose poor year just continues.
It looks like McCutchen tried to work inside against the Brewers, but instead left much of his pitches over the plate – a place where sluggers like Ryan Braun just aren’t going to repeatedly miss. McCutchen’s velocity also steadily dropped throughout the game – he topped out at 91.5 on his 10th pitch, but didn’t break 90 a single time after his 32nd.
Next, Pirates reliever D.J. Carrasco, who allowed 4 runs in the 4th and 5th innings. I think this one is especially telling – Carrasco threw only 36 pitches, leaving the plot relatively uncluttered.
Carrasco just straight up missed on almost every pitch. Not much near the black lines. Especially notable are the 4 light blue points right in the center. Those pitches are going to be driven by almost every major league hitter, and that’s why Carrasco gave up 4 runs on 6 hits, including a homer and 2 doubles.
Lastly, Joel Hanrahan, USA World Baseball Classic alumnus.
Different pitcher, same story. Hanrahan left a bunch of balls right over the fat part of the plate, and once again we see six light blue points very close to the center of the hypothetical Pitch F/X strike zone.
These are pitchers that major league hitters both should hit hard and will hit hard. The Brewers did their job today against some historically poor pitching, but that’s not to say that this lineup doesn’t deserve some credit. I saw the home runs by Braun and Kottaras live, and they were absolute bombs. That’s a great sign, particularly for Kottaras, as home runs with that kind of distance showcase that Kottaras may have double-digit home run power in the big leagues.
Of course, the big news is the monkey that came off of Prince Fielder’s back in the second inning, as he homered off of McCutchen. Prince is simply too good of a hitter to stay in a slump for too long. Hopefully this is the first of many this season.
Another fun series in Pittsburgh and a 5-4 ending to a road trip that looked like it would be rough. The Brewers certainly seem to be on track heading into a weekend series against our most hated rivals.