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Blitz Dorsey
04-17-2008, 03:01 PM
Don't think I've ever seen that one before. On a 3-1 count to Lilly (never should have been in that situation) with the bases loaded, Volquez threw what looked like a strike on the outside corner. The umpire stood up and moved to the right like he was going to call a strike. Then at the last minute (with Lilly a few steps down the line) decided not to. That was about as bad as it gets right there. Not that the pitch was right down the middle, but he was clearly going to call a strike.

Again, Volquez can't allow the count to get to 3-1 against the freakin' pitcher with the bases loaded, but that doesn't excuse terrible umpiring. Missing calls is one thing. Faking like you are going to call a strike is very odd at best.

NJReds
04-17-2008, 03:04 PM
The opposite happened last night. The umpire doing the Yankees-Red Sox game has a very delayed strike call. Manny took a very good pitch on a 3-2 count (I thought it was a strike) and started down to first. The ump punched him out, but Manny didn't realize it until he was halfway to first. He was not very pleased.

TOBTTReds
04-17-2008, 03:05 PM
You're right, he shouldn't have been in that situation. He threw a previous pitch down the middle for ball 2. Did the same in the next AB that was called "low." Unreal job behind the plate in that inning.

OnBaseMachine
04-17-2008, 03:19 PM
He threw two perfect strikes in that atbat to Lilly, but since he's a young pitcher the ump decided to screw him. MLB needs to switch to questec. These homeplate umpires continue to get worse each year. Squeezing young pitchers like they do is flat out ridiculous and unfair.

redsfan30
04-17-2008, 03:40 PM
Both pitchers are getting squeezed badly today.

flyer85
04-17-2008, 03:40 PM
gameday used to have a box it displayed(I suppose representing the strike zone) ... but it took it out last year during the season. Hmmm.

flyer85
04-17-2008, 03:41 PM
Both pitchers are getting squeezed badly today.A batter should not swing at anything close to a corner.

OnBaseMachine
04-17-2008, 03:42 PM
Both pitchers are getting squeezed badly today.

Yep. This ump is ridiculous.

redsfan30
04-17-2008, 03:51 PM
Not to turn this into an impromtu game thread, but Mike Fontenot looks at first glance a bit like Mickey Morandini.

OnBaseMachine
04-17-2008, 03:52 PM
Ron Kulpa is by far the worst umpire I have seen in a long time. What an awful, awful strikezone today.

CTA513
04-17-2008, 03:53 PM
Yep. This ump is ridiculous.

It looks like he keeps changing the strike zone and even the Cubs announcers said something about it.

BCubb2003
04-17-2008, 03:59 PM
It's sometimes called "a mobile strike zone."

RedsFan75
04-17-2008, 04:01 PM
Looking at gameday there's pitches that look to be center of the plate mid-thigh called as balls.

flyer85
04-17-2008, 04:04 PM
Looking at gameday there's pitches that look to be center of the plate mid-thigh called as balls.
it safe to say he's squeezing them and unless you are a power hitter you ought to be willing to take a couple of strikes.

CTA513
04-17-2008, 04:09 PM
It's sometimes called "a mobile strike zone."

Lee was not happy with the mobile strike zone in his last at bat.