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Can the Pirates retread Volquez?
The organization uses every tool to tinker with struggling pitchers looking for a fix.
In most cases, the Pirates work their magic with mechanical tweaks rather than major overhauls. They incorporated a Luis Tiant-type hip turn with Locke, smoothed out a hitch or two in Liriano's windup, and let Morton throw from his natural three-quarter angle, rather than over the top, to facilitate a more repeatable delivery.
I don't like to sound egotistical, but every time I stepped up to the plate with a bat in my hands, I couldn't help but feel sorry for the pitcher.
He's had some brilliant starts before, so I won't jump all in on calling him corrected just yet.
When people say that I donít know what Iím talking about when it comes to sports or writing, I think: Man, you should see me in the rest of my life.
Volquez did have good games in the past (followed by multiple bad ones)... Iīll wait till he has a little bit more innings under his belt
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." - Albert Einstein
Do threads like these mean that the Pirates aren't stupid anymore and their new fangled ways in the FO actually work?
"This isnít stats vs scouts - this is stats and scouts working together, building an organization that blends the best of both worlds. This is the blueprint for how a baseball organization should be run. And, whether the baseball men of the 20th century like it or not, this is where baseball is going."---Dave Cameron, U.S.S. Mariner
Hoosier Red (04-19-2014)
I have complete faith in Searage. There are subtle changes in his delivery already. Once they get him to be able to separate the ball from his glove properly and help him get to a better arm swing he will be far more consistent.
Also, I've watched Grandal catch several games and I'm not buying this BS about him being a great framer of pitches. His technique is poor and I watched him turn several strikes into balls each inning I have watched. Just watch him on the inside pitch to a RHB. He drifts like no one I've seen in a long time. I'm beginning to think this metric has some flaws. It's fixable though.
Cedric 3/24/08It's absolutely pathetic that people can't have an opinion from actually watching games and supplementing that with stats. If you voice an opinion that doesn't fit into a black/white box you will get completely misrepresented and basically called a tobacco chewing traditionalist...
Making a Pitcher Out of Edinson Volquez
Let me just re-state this, for the record: in 2014, Edinson Volquez has been a strike-thrower. Heís issued four walks, and one of those was intentional, meaning heís unintentionally walked three guys out of 81 guys. Of all the unlikely pitchers to become strike-throwers, Volquez wouldíve been at or near the top of the list, and though itís still incredibly early, itís not insane to conclude that Ray Searage might be having an effect, here. Thatís what the Pirates were hoping for, and thatís what the Pirates have observed through 21 innings.