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Wednesday, November 02, 2022

Lance McCullers Jr. disputes he was tipping pitches as Phils mash 5 HRs

McCullers denied that pitch-tipping was at fault.

“This has nothing to do with tipping,” he said, dismissing speculation that began with Harper getting in Bohm’s ear moments before he hit the first McCullers pitch he saw for a home run.

The Astros’ co-pitching coach, Joshua Miller, echoed similar thoughts.

“We didn’t identify anything specific today,” Miller said. “It’s something that we always monitor and look into.”

But McCullers nonetheless approached this outing with a very predictable trait: Through his first two postseason starts, he had thrown only one fastball to opposing left-handed hitters. Lefties were basically able to narrow their selection to either McCullers’ curveball or breaking ball, the two pitches he throws most often, and they barely missed their chances. Three of the homers McCullers gave up—to Harper, Marsh and Schwarber—were to left-handed hitters. He totaled just one swing and miss against lefties in Game 3, a sign to Miller that his curveball, his best pitch against them, was not sharp.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 02, 2022 at 10:29 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. tell me when i'm telling 57i66135 Posted: November 02, 2022 at 11:00 AM (#6103686)
   2. The Ghost of Sox Fans Past Posted: November 02, 2022 at 11:55 AM (#6103691)
Per Jeff Passan, McCullers said he deliberately varies his windup, not depending on the type of pitch.
   3. John Northey Posted: November 02, 2022 at 12:02 PM (#6103692)
Pretty sad that the Astros didn't pick up on how badly he was tipping it with that leg kick. Has he been like that all year though? Maybe if his fastball has a similar kick it worked out OK, but once that fastball is not being used it would become easy for ML hitters to tee off.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 02, 2022 at 12:27 PM (#6103697)
I don't understand how any team could plan to approach major league hitters by throwing zero fastballs. His curveball, slider, and change up are all within 2-4 MPH of each other. Don't you have to change speeds against good hitters?
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 02, 2022 at 12:52 PM (#6103702)
Even if he wasn't tipping pitches, Smoltz was like "McCullers doesn't throw fastballs to lefties, and Harper feasts on breaking balls" just before Harper destroyed a breaking ball. So I don't know if it's exactly a secret what McCullers throws.
   6. Itchy Row Posted: November 02, 2022 at 01:17 PM (#6103705)
He was tipping his pitches in the same sense that Phil Niekro tipped knuckleballs.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: November 02, 2022 at 02:16 PM (#6103707)
"Of course I wasn't tipping my pitches" says man unaware he was tipping his pitches.
   8. Jobu is silent on the changeup Posted: November 02, 2022 at 03:05 PM (#6103715)
Lefties were basically able to narrow their selection to either McCullers’ curveball or breaking ball, the two pitches he throws most often
With those 2(?) options, it is a narrow selection indeed.
   9. The Duke Posted: November 02, 2022 at 03:16 PM (#6103717)
Possibly just a lot of arm chair quarterbacking here. When a cardinals pitcher is tipping the team almost always comes out and admits it. Why? Easier to explain away the result. Maybe they won't admit it until after the Series but what one sees from behind is different from what a batter sees. Maybe, maybe not.
   10. Walt Davis Posted: November 02, 2022 at 04:52 PM (#6103724)
He only gave up 4 HR in 48 innings this year; just 22 in his last 265. He gave up just 2 in his first 32 postseason innings (2016-19), gave up a whopping 7 in 15 innings in 2020 but then just 1 in 21.2 IP over the 2021 and so far in 2022. The kaboom. Just about the last guy you'd expect to give up 5 in one game. Maybe Dusty forgot pitchers don't bat anymore and was waiting for him to pull a Kerry Wood and tie it up.
   11. Darren Posted: November 02, 2022 at 05:01 PM (#6103727)
"I was not tipping my pitches, I just stun... Um, yeah, you got me, I was tipping my pitches."
   12. villageidiom Posted: November 02, 2022 at 05:35 PM (#6103735)
If he was tipping his pitches the Phillies would have scored a lot more than 7 runs on those 5 HR.
   13. Tony S Posted: November 02, 2022 at 05:57 PM (#6103737)
Trash cans in reverse.
   14. The Duke Posted: November 02, 2022 at 06:44 PM (#6103745)
The Phillies have been hitting well and hitting HRs all post-season
   15. Mr. Hotfoot Jackson (gef, talking mongoose) Posted: November 02, 2022 at 07:02 PM (#6103747)
Trash cans in reverse.

My favorite Hollies track.
   16. KronicFatigue Posted: November 02, 2022 at 09:56 PM (#6103831)
The images and videos in the link from #1 show that at least two pitches had different deliveries. But does it show there was a repeatable pattern?
   17. Rally Posted: November 02, 2022 at 10:12 PM (#6103843)
A few years ago he had a postseason game where he threw like 40 straight curveballs or something. Pretty sure batters figured out what was coming. Difference was his pitches weren’t as sharp last night.
   18. Rally Posted: November 02, 2022 at 10:18 PM (#6103847)
Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS. Pitched the last 4 innings for a save. 1 hit, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts, no runs.

Threw 41 curves out of 54 pitches.
   19. Walt Davis Posted: November 03, 2022 at 04:01 PM (#6103972)
That wasn't a bad pitch, that was game theory!

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