08-09-2006, 08:17 AM
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Middletown, Ohio
Re: EZ tipping pitches
Narron: 'E-Z' not tipping his pitches
By Hal McCoy
CINCINNATI — Despite giving up 29 earned runs in his last 35 innings, despite giving up four runs on his first eight pitches to the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, despite the possibility he might be tipping his pitches, Elizardo Ramirez will trudge to the mound in Philadelphia Saturday.
The Cardinals hammered Ramirez for five runs in the first inning and all eight batters that inning connected with hard swings the first time they swung.
Scott Rolen, who doubled in the first inning, was asked if the Cardinals were looking for first-pitch fastballs and he said, "Not really." Then he smiled.
Cincinnati manager Jerry Narron said pitching coach Tom Hume and bullpen coach Lee Tunnell went over and over the tapes of Ramirez's 12/3 innings to see if he was tipping pitches.
"But all they saw was what we all saw — he was throwing the ball right into the wampum zone, is what I think," Narron said.
Nevertheless, "Our plan right now is for E-Z (4-8, 4.93) to go back out there. I'm not concerned that he is 23 and might be pitching too many innings. I'm only concerned when his innings are not as much as we'd like."
Of the prospect of tipping his pitches, Narron said, "Hume and Tunnell spent a lot of time just to see if he might have been doing something to give away pitches, that type of thing."
They didn't see anything.
When all is said and done more is said than done.