Re: Reds pitching infected with the get a head fastball disease.
I think you are really oversimplifying the problem. First of all since now a days pitchers arms apparently fall off after 110 pitches, I don't think starters have the luxury of "wasting a pitch". Instead they should really be trying to make a perfect pitch. The days of putting one up in the eyes on 0-2 hoping they will swing have gone the way of 130+ pitch counts.
In regard to last night again I think you are over simplifying. If you believe that a pitcher is supposed to throw the ball where the catchers target is, Cueto's problem is he was missing spots, in some cases badly.
4th inning Delgado HR -He fell behind 3-1 missing on some tough calls and then left a change over the plate for the HR, not a FB.
5th inning 2RBI single to Wright - Was indeed a fastball but Ross was setup outside but Cueto missed by nearly 2 feet and put it inside.
6th inning Tatis HR - Was a slider, that was again supposed to be on the outside corner but again Cueto missed and got too much of the plate, what would be a flyball out in most parks was a HR in our bandbox.
Now I do think the strike zone last night was ridiculously small for both team but Cueto was struggle with command pretty bad. For the life of me I do not understand how do you walk a #8 hitter on 4 pitches?
Cordero as much as I will probably get flamed for saying this, made good pitches. The HR to Wright was a splitter down and away that once again was a flyball out in just about any other park. The pitch to Delgado was a change down and away so much so it was not even a strike. Delgado just did a great job of going with the pitch. Now after that I think he got frustrated and caught too much of the plate with the next hitters but the game should have been over.