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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Why this is Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez’s most important offseason | The Seattle Times

It’s difficult when a king has to abdicate his thrown throne.

Hernandez was throwing the bulk of his pitches low and away, off the plate in hopes of hitters chasing and avoiding solid contact. When he was able to command his pitches to the corners of the plate, that approach was effective. But the mechanical issues and meandering command from start to start wouldn’t allow him to maintain that success. Hitters recognized it.

“He pigeon-holed himself to one spot of the strike zone much more than he ever has,” Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said. “He didn’t throw in very often. He didn’t elevate very often. He stayed mostly in the same zone all year long. And if you do the same thing to major league hitters, over and over, they will sniff you out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2016 at 07:14 AM | 21 comment(s)
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