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Pitch f/x: Comparing the Strike Zones for Pirates, Opponents

Pitch f/x: Comparing the Strike Zones for Pirates, Opponents

Crotta fell victim to a small zone on Sunday

There was quite a bit of discussion regarding the role of umpiring in the Pirates’ 6-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Sunday afternoon. In particular, attention was focused on Mike Crotta’s relief outing in the seventh inning of that game. Crotta walked three of the four batters he faced, helping the Rockies score twice and take a lead they would not relinquish. Pitch f/x data collected by Brooks Baseball indicated that several pitches thrown by Crotta were called balls despite possibly being inside the strike zone. In the ninth inning, the frustration of Pirates fans was intensified by debatable strike calls with Steve Pearce and John Bowker at the plate.

To my recollection, this was the second instance of this young season in which the Pirates strike zone did not seem to match that of their opponents. After speculating that I was probably just selectively remembering the events due to my biased fandom, I decided to dig deeper. So I ...

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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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