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  1. How many of Joey’s K’s were on swinging strikes (roughly)?

    Joey’s had some filthy stuff lately.

  2. Double Down, seven of the nine strikeouts on my scorebook are turned forward, so I think that’s right. Seven of night. Got a lot of guys to chase yesterday.

  3. DD, thanks. That’s some solid work there on Joey’s part. I don’t think there is a better measure in evaluating how a pitcher is going to do than seeing how many swinging strike-outs he’s getting. No blaming the ump, no wind, no park factors, no bat-type excuses, just mano y mano.

  4. Wish I could’ve watched it. Just looking at Dustin’s inning by inning recap, it looked like Joey got stronger throughout. Good stuff.

    Not arguing with you, DD. But I will say that– as a former pitcher– on those nights where you’ve got everything going, there is nothing sweeter than a called third strike when the opposing batter knows he was fooled. (I’ve been on my fair share of the receiving end of those pitches, too, and sometimes all you can do is just tip your cap…) It means you’ve got them off-balance, can locate your pitches, and outsmarted them at the plate.

    I was a decent pitcher and had pretty good velocity for a high schooler, but nothing overpowering. And I can probably count on one hand the number of times I had location, movement, fastball, and off-speed working at the same time. I suppose it might be different if I could just blow fastballs by everyone, but I wasn’t that kind of pitcher. Neither is DeNato. He’s not overpowering. Yet he routinely has all of his tools working. It’s fun to watch.

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