Judging the Royals

July 22, 2014 11:45 PM

How Bruce Chen pitches inside on right-handed hitters

In the second inning Bruce Chen threw a pitch in the mid-80s to Gordon Beckham and tied him up. When Bruce comes in on a right-handed hitter, he often does it with a cutter. So it’s not the velocity that messes up the righties, it’s the angle. The pitch just keeps boring in on their hands and they need to get the bat head out early to keep the ball off their knuckles. Get the hitters to start early and then a pitcher can throw off-speed. That can result in a swing and miss or easy pop-up.

Judging the Royals

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