Originally Posted by Brutus the Pimp
Do you think big league hitters are going to be intimidated by 85 MPH offspeed pitches as brushback pitches? lol
The purpose of a brushback pitch is to, you know, try to move the hitter off the plate.
If you are going to throw a 102 MPH fastball to Andrew McCutchen in that situation you are asking for trouble. I am not asking him to throw 85 MPH, but don't you think 94 would've sent enough of a message. If you are going to mess around with 102 MPH fastballs inside, you better be able to locate it.
Why did he have to move McCutchen off the plate with 2 outs in the ninth and a 3-0 lead? He should've just pitched McCutchen like any other hitter and just get out of the game with the save. I am sure the Reds hitters are going to appreciate it when one of them is hit by a pitch tomorrow.