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    The fake strike call

    Don't think I've ever seen that one before. On a 3-1 count to Lilly (never should have been in that situation) with the bases loaded, Volquez threw what looked like a strike on the outside corner. The umpire stood up and moved to the right like he was going to call a strike. Then at the last minute (with Lilly a few steps down the line) decided not to. That was about as bad as it gets right there. Not that the pitch was right down the middle, but he was clearly going to call a strike.

    Again, Volquez can't allow the count to get to 3-1 against the freakin' pitcher with the bases loaded, but that doesn't excuse terrible umpiring. Missing calls is one thing. Faking like you are going to call a strike is very odd at best.

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    Re: The fake strike call

    The opposite happened last night. The umpire doing the Yankees-Red Sox game has a very delayed strike call. Manny took a very good pitch on a 3-2 count (I thought it was a strike) and started down to first. The ump punched him out, but Manny didn't realize it until he was halfway to first. He was not very pleased.
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    Re: The fake strike call

    You're right, he shouldn't have been in that situation. He threw a previous pitch down the middle for ball 2. Did the same in the next AB that was called "low." Unreal job behind the plate in that inning.

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    Re: The fake strike call

    He threw two perfect strikes in that atbat to Lilly, but since he's a young pitcher the ump decided to screw him. MLB needs to switch to questec. These homeplate umpires continue to get worse each year. Squeezing young pitchers like they do is flat out ridiculous and unfair.

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    Re: The fake strike call

    Both pitchers are getting squeezed badly today.
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    Re: The fake strike call

    gameday used to have a box it displayed(I suppose representing the strike zone) ... but it took it out last year during the season. Hmmm.
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    Re: The fake strike call

    Quote Originally Posted by redsfan30 View Post
    Both pitchers are getting squeezed badly today.
    A batter should not swing at anything close to a corner.
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    Re: The fake strike call

    Quote Originally Posted by redsfan30 View Post
    Both pitchers are getting squeezed badly today.
    Yep. This ump is ridiculous.

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    Re: The fake strike call

    Not to turn this into an impromtu game thread, but Mike Fontenot looks at first glance a bit like Mickey Morandini.
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    Re: The fake strike call

    Ron Kulpa is by far the worst umpire I have seen in a long time. What an awful, awful strikezone today.

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    Re: The fake strike call

    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    Yep. This ump is ridiculous.
    It looks like he keeps changing the strike zone and even the Cubs announcers said something about it.

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    Re: The fake strike call

    It's sometimes called "a mobile strike zone."

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    Re: The fake strike call

    Looking at gameday there's pitches that look to be center of the plate mid-thigh called as balls.
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    Re: The fake strike call

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsFan75 View Post
    Looking at gameday there's pitches that look to be center of the plate mid-thigh called as balls.
    it safe to say he's squeezing them and unless you are a power hitter you ought to be willing to take a couple of strikes.
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    Re: The fake strike call

    Quote Originally Posted by BCubb2003 View Post
    It's sometimes called "a mobile strike zone."
    Lee was not happy with the mobile strike zone in his last at bat.


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