Joe Girardi didn’t like the way the strike zone was called Monday night:
Joe Girardi was fuming over Gerry Davis’ inconsistent strike zone Monday night, but his players seemed to accept it as part of the game.
Davis appeared to be squeezing CC Sabathia in the early innings – Sabathia walked four of the first six batters, matching his season high before he had recorded an out in the second inning – while Justin Verlander seemed to be getting a wider zone from the home-plate umpire.
“You throw some borderline pitches and you don’t get them, it makes the innings tougher,” Girardi said. “Sometimes you don’t get outs that you should maybe get outs.”
Actually, the strike zone was consistent. Pitches off the plate to the catcher’s glove side were called strikes, off the plate to the catcher’s throwing hand were not. Verlander worked the wide side of the plate more than CC, so he got more calls.
ALDS Game 3 called strike rate, Yankees-Tigers
Thanks to Baseball Analytics for the graphic.