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A Dominating Performance by Kyle McPherson

A Dominating Performance by Kyle McPherson

McPherson pitched seven shutout innings tonight, with six strikeouts.

Kyle McPherson pitched a masterful game on Friday night against the Fort Myers Miracle. McPherson threw three very effective pitches, all with control and got outs (and strikeouts) with all three.

His fastball is his bread and butter, throwing in the 92-94 MPH range all night. As I’ve said before, the Pirates seem to be adamant about moving the fastball around, so the catcher was set up on the inside corner just as much as the more usual spot on the outside part of the plate. McPherson seemed just as comfortable throwing inside as he was going away from hitters.

One of the things that was impressive about tonight was that the umpire refused to give the inside strike for either McPherson or the Miracle pitchers. There were probably 10-12 pitches that I thought were strikes that the umpire ruled were off the plate – about evenly split between McPherson’s pitches and ones thrown to the Marauders. Yet Kyle ...

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