You know how Blue Jays’ colour commentor Pat Tabler likes to think he knows things about baseball?
So, for weeks now he’s been saying that hitting in front of Jose Bautista in the Jays’ lineup allows number-two hitter Corey Patterson to see more fastballs which is why he’s hitting so well. The theory is that pitchers don’t want to walk him with Bautista on deck so they don’t risk throwing him breaking pitches that might find their way out of the strike zone.
This season, 37.6% of the pitches Patterson has seen have been four-seem fastballs. Last season, when hitting usually in the 8 or 9 hole in Baltimore’s lineup, he saw 41.3% fastballs.
Secondary pitches? 34.3% of the pitches he saw last season were either a curveball, slider, or changeup, this season? 34.7%.
What’s the moral of this tale? Pat Tabler often doesn’t know what the fuck he’s talking about. That, and he exhibits a blantant disregard for the resources at his disposal. FUCK.
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