Judging the Royals

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How base runners disrupted Jake Peavy’s rhythm

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Before Game One on Tuesday, Giants pitcher Jake Peavy talked about how disruptive fast base runners can be. Pitchers want to pitch in rhythm, but a fast runner on first base prevents that; the pitcher has to vary how long he holds the ball in the set position or the base runner will time the pitcher’s delivery to home plate, get a great jump and steal second base. In Game Two Peavy proved prophetic; when the Giants starting pitcher had a runner on base he was holding the ball in the set position and using a quicker delivery home—and he wasn’t as effective.

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