I have three questions, they may be silly, but I throw them out for discussion.
1. Is their a GABP effect for the pitchers?
Does anyone believe, or is their any evidence, that the Reds pitchers habitual nibbling of outside pitches is an effect of the home ballpark? In the first inning of the 4/20 game Homer Bailey refused to throw strikes to many of the Dodger's batters, instead he nibbled around the plate--resulting in walks and ultimately 3 runs.
2. Is their an Arizona effect for the pitchers?
Does anyone believe that the first spring training in Arizona, where I have read that breaking balls don't break as much, has had an effect on the Reds pitchers?
3. Except for Joey Votto, no Reds hitter that has come up through the minor leagues appear to be able to hit a breaking ball consistently. Is this a problem with the minor league system or is it a problem with the hitters themselves.