In three at-bats Friday night against Jason Heyward, Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg threw 18 fastballs out of 19 pitches. When Heyward came to the plate with two on and two outs in the fifth inning, Strasburg threw him all fastballs, seven total. Three of them, Heyward fouled back. The seventh, Heyward tomahawked to the right field warning track. The two-run double opened a 4-1 lead for the Braves, who would win 6-4 in 13 innings.
Why so many fastballs? “I guess it was the plan going in,” Strasburg said. “I don’t think it’s the right plan. But that’s what we went with.”
McCatty declined to address on Strasburg’s comment because he had not spoken with him. Before he was apprised of Strasburg’s sentiment, McCatty was asked about pitching Heyward with so many fastballs. He suggested every pitcher can decide what pitch to throw, in every circumstance.
“Every one of these guys has the ability to go out and make pitches of what they want to do,” McCatty said. “Everybody we talk about, we go over their tendencies, what they want to do. When they go out there, they have the ability to make the pitches they want to make. I guess it’s best just to leave it that. I don’t force, nor have I forced, any of these guys. They know how to pitch, and they’re trying to make the pitches they wanted to use.”
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