Rich Hill’s ability to spin a curve ball is among the best in the majors and when he is on, his curve is unhittable (witness his last game). A rudimentary knowledge of physics should tell anyone that pitching in the desert with less humidity and “lighter” air is not condusive to a curve balls spinning and getting “bite” on the way to the plate. Some uninformed fans might think that Yasmani Grandal was called a bad game, but in reality, Rich Hill’s pitches has no “bite” and were not doing what he wanted. Rich Hill uses his curve and off speed pitches to set up his fastball which tops out at about 90. When he dosen’t have the curve working, he is pretty easy to hit.
Frankly, I am shocked that Dave Roberts lets him start in Arizona. Hopefully he learns from that and never does it again. Rich Hill should not pitch in Arizona. PERIOD! Next Spring Training, leave him behind in LA – he get slaugheted in Arizona. Even Ray Charles can see that. Come on, Doc! What’s up? The same thing probably applies to Coors Field. Alex Wood, Yu Darvish and Clayton Kershaw can pitch in Arizona and Denver because they have the fastballs to do it. Rich does not! Clayton struggles in those parks too with a 3.75 ERA in Arizona and a 4.58 ERA in Denver. Never let Rich Hill pitch there again. EVER! Next…
Rants & Raves
- Cody Bellinger should be back tonight and the team just functions much better with him at cleanup.
- Corey is likely going to miss several days with his elbow, but can pinch hit. Just don’t let him hit against a RHP.
- If Logan Forsythe doesn’t get it together, I would consider moving Barnes to 2B. YES I WOULD!
- A-Gon got a nice big hit blast night, but he still looks old, slow and arthritic.
- Ethier and Kershaw Friday! McCarthy too… probably!
- Minor League Report