Re: EV and Redszone
I did not LOVE the trade when it was made...can safely say I was against it, but I had no idea at the time just how lopsided it would be.
I will fully admit I knew little about Edinson at the time, but I did a lot of research him after it happened....I was intrigued by him.....but one constant I found was that everyone noted his lack of control and command in addition to his live arm.
I know he is coming off the TJ but he is experiencing the same problems he has his whole career - poor command and control. He can get that fastball up there...velocity-wise, but he also has this annoying tendency to keep the pitch up in the zone. He got away with some really, really bad pitches last night. If his velocity was down, I might agree with this premise, but the speed of his pitches is consistently good.
Then there's the issue of control, of which he has little. If these issues were not present before the surgery, then a cogent argument could be made that he simply needs time to recover. But these are the same tendencies he had before it.
EV has a very labored, complicated delivery. Next time he pitches, keep a good amount of beer on hand, and watch how many places the baseball goes before he releases it. One key to good control is a delivery that is easily replicated. Just like shooting free throws in basketball. We have another pitcher in our system whose career path is beginning to look eerily similar to EV's. His name starts with Dontrelle and ends with Willis. Gangbusters one year then completely fell off the table with control/command issues. Look closely at the way Dontrelle delivers the ball. He's all over the place, as is EV.
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