<h4 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; font-style: italic; color: #828282;">"Walking" your way home! 4 wide ones? Score: 153August 15, 2010 10:27 pm
I remember when I was a young boy in LA listening to the Dodgers-Giant playoff game to decide who would win the NL in I believe 1963. I was wrapping up my papers for my newspaper route feeling really jubilant knowing the Dodgers were only one inning from the World Series. Stan Williams for the Dodgers on the mound and the next 20 minutes I became, for the 1st time in my life, a depressed human being because of an outcome of a professional sporting event. The Dodgers WALKED the National League Pennant away. 2 run lead and it was blown by some hitter without having to swing at a pitch. A whole season "Walked" down the drain. I look at pitching stats, being an old "shoulder thrower" of years past. I loved to pitch and always prided myself on not letting a hitter get on without having to swing the bat. I look at the Dodgers this year and am a gassed at how many runs have scored via the dreaded "WALK". From Kershaw last week, to Broxton lately and often, to Padillia today, walk, hit batsman and BINGO, sac. fly and a homer and game gone. I have noticed a tremendous % of the walks have been cashed in and would say THAT is the doom of the Dodgers. No command and you get scared and start spotting pitches, get behind hitters and they will kill you. Mentally a walk is worse than a hit in my book, UNLESS you have COMMAND and it is only an occasional "blip". The Dodgers are not "blipping" they are "throwing" away games without attacking hitters and making THEM SWING. Back to back walks, hit batsmen twice in one series and we lose all perspective on HOW to pitch. Do you have any idea what the difference is in the batting average of a major league hitter when the count is in HIS favor compared to it being with the pitcher ahead? It is astronomically different. You make a .240 hitter a .300 hitter. Koufax didn't do S***t until he found the plate. Ryan could have won 50 more games and had 1/2 point lower ERA if he didn't WALK so many hitters. Jammie Moyer throws nothing but strikes even at 80 mph and is almost 100 years old and still wins games, why? Confidence and COMMAND, he controls the plate not the umpire. You wait on him and you are OUT. He's not even that good of a pitcher, but... Get behind the hitters and you are dead. Walk them and get behind again and you are looking at a L not a W.