Re: Volquez game 1 - Tipping pitches?
When a pitcher has location issues, it impacts almost every aspect of his pitching performance.
As a Phillies partial-season ticket holder, I was able to get tickets in the upper deck along the first base side. Even from that angle, you could see early that he was way out of the zone as I watched Hernandez' glove fly high and outside.
When a pitcher is that far off, not only do the strikes stop being on the corners and dive for the heart of the strike zone, but it impacts the movement of the pitches as the hurler loses confidence in his stuff and starts trying to place the ball rather than just letting it fly. As a result, what would have been swings and misses become foul balls.
When I saw the rotation, I felt that Volquez and Cueto were the biggest concerns because they were such wildcards with incredible stuff. Yes, Arroyo is the established, 17-game winner with post-season experience. But I couldn't see him dominating the way Volquez and Cueto, when they have their top-end stuff, have the potential to do.
I'll be interested to see which version of Cueto we get. Either the crowd will get him so pumped up and he'll overthrow the ball, or he'll lock in the way Ubaldo Jimenez did against Philly in 07 and we'll have a gem of a pitching duel. Should be fun.