Re: Reds @ Giants, Game 1, 7/23/13
Here is how I see it right now with Cingrani (as I see the first pitch called a ball that was right down the middle to Pence). He is not getting many calls lower in the strike zone (and the third "ball" to Pence was a prime example). I am not sure if it is a receiving thing from Mesoraco's end or if the umps are that terrible, but for the last 3-4 starts he has had, the umps have not called anything on the corners or at the bottom of the zone. You can tell Tony is not appreciative of it either.
Maybe one day he will "earn" that part of the zone, but it is astonishing on how often those pitches are not called in his favor.