Game 6 + Minors Rewind: Not Enough RAM

Burned_RAM== But Victor is on vector (as is Young) ==

No. 2 Starter Erasmo goes AWOL again

You may recall in Game 2 that Erasmo Ramirez had the “whipsaw” going between the 92 mph fastball and the 81 mph change, and he was, when it counted, painting the black.  The Angels couldn’t do anything with the change.

In fact, here’s a movement chart from April 1, showing the 92-81 business:

horzspeed.php2And here’s one from April 1 showing the “painting on the black.”

numlocation_io.php2Now here’s Sunday:

horzspeed.php6Notice how the fastball, instead of centered at 92, is bleeding down under 90.  And the change is barely making it over 80.

The change-of-speed gap is the same, but at lower velocity it’s easier for the hitter to pick up.

Then, the “painting” was gone, too.

numlocation.php6Instead of down or on the black, e-RAM was up and in the zone, and was getting hit.

So we’ll have to see where Ramirez goes from here.  Everyone will have some clunker starts, but this one doesn’t look like misfortune; it looks like he had mediocre stuff.


Young (once) again

Yesterday, we went though how Chris Young may never get to start, thanks to “soggy sod” day in Oakland.

But he’ll get his shot in long relief, and Sunday was his first chance.

There’s video here (not able to embed it), and Brooks indicates that 21 of his 22 pitches were fastballs, mostly around 86.  But his height and motion give it more “effective” velocity.

This chart shows how Young’s fastball has “rising” action, in that it doesn’t sink the way the hitter expects it to.

movement.php6All of which combines with Young’s height and delivery to make a pitch that hitters have a hard time with.

It was actually Young’s first relief appearance ever in his MLB career, but it probably won’t be his last.


Daily Prospect-palooza

  • 20-year-old Victor Sanchez didn’t get the win for AA Jackson (see below), but he was right on course: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K.
  • He didn’t get the win because Stephen Pryor gave up three runs in the 8th.  Pryor now has given up 6 ER in his first 1.2 IP back from surgery.  Not a good sign.
  • Cole Gillespie now has two hits each in all three Tacoma games to date.
  • High-A High Desert was in a pitchers’ duel [??], but that was good news for one of our favorites — Dylan Unsworth: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.
  • Gabriel Guerrero‘s two-run homer in the 2nd held up for a 2-1 win.



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