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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Fangraphs: Q&A: Bud Black: Pitching at Petco

DL: Should you pitch more to contact in Petco than in other ballparks?

BB: I think that you can, but there are a couple of ways to look at that. You don’t want to lay the ball in there. But I do think that it can help you mentally — knowing that if you throw the ball to certain spots — you can feel good about it. When you’re behind in the count, you can throw to certain spots, as well.

More than anything, if you’re a strike-thrower… that helps you at Petco. If you’re an extreme fly ball pitcher, that helps you at Petco. When the ball gets hit into the air, it hangs up and maybe doesn’t travel as well because of the coastal situation we have — the heaviness of the air. It’s not unlike San Francisco or Dodger Stadium.

Some pitchers might be hurt because they’re fly ball pitchers. That doesn’t apply to us as much because we play 81 games in our park, plus nine more in both San Francisco and Los Angeles.

DL: Do you want fly ball pitchers on your staff, as opposed to guys who tend to keep the ball on the ground?

BB: Not necessarily. It’s whatever a pitcher has results with. It’s simply that a fly ball pitcher isn’t effected as much in Petco as he would be in a place like Cincinnati, Philadelphia or Toronto.

Thanks to Abe.

Repoz Posted: January 04, 2012 at 09:02 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: January 04, 2012 at 11:10 AM (#4028570)
You know, it sure feels as though the Angels coaching staff is less smart today than it was in 2004 or 2005. Losing Bud Black, Joe Maddon and Ron Roenicke can do that to you. That was a pretty nice group of coaches - who, I think, served as a nice buffer against Scioscia's every whim. It's hard to believe that Maddon wouldn't have railed against the idea of starting Jeff Mathis in the Majors.

Sigh....they still have Mickey Hatcher.

Yay?

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