Sunday, June 14, 2009

How Can It Be?

Watching the Yankees-Met game—and when you see A.J. Burnett pitch the way he's pitching the first two innings, with a sick, knee-buckling curve and serious, moving 95-mph heat, you wonder how does Burnett have an ERA barley under 5.00? David Wright practically backed out of the batter's box on a Burnett curve that landed dead center of the strike zone.

And the same goes with Kyle Farnsworth. Earlier this year, he was electric against the Yankees. A 98-mph fastball with movement and life, and a sick slider that broke practically to the feet of the batter after starting in the zone.

It makes you wonder why some guys who have filthy stuff just can't keep it going; why they sometimes strike out two batters on 6 pitches, then lay an egg and give up a 6-run inning before getting the last out (Farnsworth, I'm looking at you.) Is it lack of concentration? Focus? Just wondering. What do you all think?


Brandon Sneed said...

In a word--and this is a little cliche, but still true--it's nothing more nor less than baseball. Maybe it is lack of focus. Maybe his release point was just a little too high, or he started his weight towards the plate just a little too soon, or maybe his grip on the seams was just a little bit off. Maybe, maybe, maybe.

Just my take. Baseball's the hardest sport to play there is, even if you are taking steroids. It requires such a ridiculous amount of grace and explosion.

Found your blog via Jeff Pearlman's site by the way. Nice. I, too, feel your pain at modern society's craving for short-and-sweet blogs while I like to be long and wordy. Keep it up.

P-Cat said...

Thanks so much for the comments. Appreciate the shout out. Will put your blog on my links I like section...cause I do. Like your stuff.

And hey, you're probably right about the lack of focus. It was funny yesterday how Burnett was lights out the first two innings, got a bad call. And then unravelled in the third because a bad call/play got inside his head. Lucky he was able to bounce back, but for 3 batters he couldn't find the strike zone when he had been totally sharp before that. me at least.

Brandon Sneed said...

Word, man, that's awesome! I appreciate the plug, big-time.