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 ...

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