Re: Pitch framing and the pitcher ability
Giants announcer Mike Krukow said this morning that Bailey has a reputation of being a pitcher with good stuff, who will sometimes miss his spots. Not just the catcher, but the entire defense is positioned based on the pitcher making a specific pitch. In Homers no hitter (and in both playoff games) we saw balls well hit right at a defender.
RMRick had a post showing Bailey's similar peripherals, this year and last. Homer has a given physical skill, how much difference can mental execution make? I post in this thread, because I was thinking, that the catching skill is less pitch framing, but the ability to keep the pitcher mentally focused on "pitching" (hitting the spot).
Compared to a quarterback being rushed or a jump shooter being defended, pitchers spend way more time on the mental part of the game. The difference between Homer facing the Pirates in PNC and a bad ERA in GAB, is most likely more mental than the dimensions of the park.
I think Bailey has stepped up his mental game, plus (I assume) Hannigan will be catching. "Pitching" is about hitting spots more than it is missing bats. "Catching" is making sure your pitcher remembers that.