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Igawa also throws a changeup, which hovers in the 78-81 mph range, and a slider, which he uses primarily against left-handed batters. His changeup has a tendency to be belt-high and in the middle of the plate. This pitch drew a lot of swings and misses in Japan, but it did not have the same success in America.
What the hell happened with (Igawa)?
Or do the players union folks interpret this as payroll room being used to pay a Japanese team owner, instead of an MLB player?
It was kinda sad really; he wasted the prime of his career taking his turn in Scranton.
"He is like Kuroda, he has a lot of guts. He throws four pitches but when it gets to [stone]-cutting time, it’s fastball and splitter.’’
Interesting that Tanaka's K rate has gone down the last two seasons, even with how dominant he's been. 20-0 with a 1.24 ERA, 6HR in 181 innings in a season when they supposedly changed the baseball back to how it was. 7.7 K/9, 1/3 BB/9.
He ended up 24-0, 1.27. 212 IP, 168 H, 6 HR, 32 BB, 183 SO.
Don't they have the exact same quotes about the newest Japanese pitcher?
"He's like *that other Japanese import*, but a little bit better."
"American hitters have never seen *crazy gyroball-type pitch*"
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