The Pirates are swinging at everything

The graphic below indicates the location (from the catcher’s point of view) of every pitch the Pirates swung at in last night’s game against the Orioles. The strike zone is an estimate for a six-foot tall right-handed batter, using Mike Fast’s formula.

By my count, there are something like 17 pitches here that were clearly outside the strike zone, and several more were somewhat borderline pitches that most likely would not have been called strikes. What are the Pirates swinging at?

Data courtesy of Brooks Baseball.

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piratemike

The fact of the matter is this is a roster full of marginal players.
That is why there are so many lineup changes every night. This team has three players who would start regularly on a good team, everybody else is a bench player or would be at AAA or out of baseball.You can’t compete all year with this roster no matter how good the pitching is.

piratemike

The fact of the matter is this is a roster full of marginal players.
That is why there are so many lineup changes every night. This team has three players who would start regularly on a good team, everybody else is a bench player or would be at AAA or out of baseball.You can’t compete all year with this roster no matter how good the pitching is.

SLucas22

I just don’t understand. From looking at Gregg Ritchie’s minor league stats, he took a TON of walks. In 1988 he had 116 walks vs 119K.. .the year before it was 90BB to 80K. If this guy knows anything, you would think it would be patience!

leadoff

It is hard to be patient when the first 2 pitches are down the middle. The Pirates are in far to many pitchers counts, waiting for walks and trying to wear the other pitcher out is not the way to go, if it is in there on the first pitch, hit it! The graph does not say how many times they hit a 2 strike pitch that was out of the zone?

RandyLinville

See piratemike’s comment above. With a horribly weak lineup, every pitcher should be pounding the zone with every hitter except Cutch.

Also, the Cards going into today have exactly one fewer at bat in which they were behind 0-2 in the count. Here’s the link: http://mlb.mlb.com/stats/sortable.jsp?c_id=mlb&tcid=mm_mlb_stats#sectionType=st&playerType=QUALIFIER&statType=hitting&page_type=SortablePlayer&season=2012&season_type=ANY&sportCode='mlb'&league_code='MLB'&split=c02&team_id=&active_sw=&game_type='R'&position=&sortOrder='desc'&sortColumn=ab&results=&page=1&perPage=50&timeframe=&extended=0&last_x_days=&ts=1339723194336&tab_level=child&click_text=Sortable+Team+hitting

Yet STL is averaging about 1.7 more runs per game than Pittsburgh. The trouble on offense is much more about a lack of talent/ability than a lack of aggressiveness at the plate.

leadoff

Should have said “swung and missed a 2 strike pitch that was out of the zone!

SLucas22

I just don’t understand. From looking at Gregg Ritchie’s minor league stats, he took a TON of walks. In 1988 he had 116 walks vs 119K.. .the year before it was 90BB to 80K. If this guy knows anything, you would think it would be patience!

leadoff

It is hard to be patient when the first 2 pitches are down the middle. The Pirates are in far to many pitchers counts, waiting for walks and trying to wear the other pitcher out is not the way to go, if it is in there on the first pitch, hit it! The graph does not say how many times they hit a 2 strike pitch that was out of the zone?

RandyLinville

See piratemike’s comment above. With a horribly weak lineup, every pitcher should be pounding the zone with every hitter except Cutch.

Also, the Cards going into today have exactly one fewer at bat in which they were behind 0-2 in the count. Here’s the link: http://mlb.mlb.com/stats/sortable.jsp?c_id=mlb&tcid=mm_mlb_stats#sectionType=st&playerType=QUALIFIER&statType=hitting&page_type=SortablePlayer&season=2012&season_type=ANY&sportCode='mlb'&league_code='MLB'&split=c02&team_id=&active_sw=&game_type='R'&position=&sortOrder='desc'&sortColumn=ab&results=&page=1&perPage=50&timeframe=&extended=0&last_x_days=&ts=1339723194336&tab_level=child&click_text=Sortable+Team+hitting

Yet STL is averaging about 1.7 more runs per game than Pittsburgh. The trouble on offense is much more about a lack of talent/ability than a lack of aggressiveness at the plate.

leadoff

Should have said “swung and missed a 2 strike pitch that was out of the zone!

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