We’ve all heard and participated in the endless discussions about Zack Wheeler. It seems to me that we all focus on the command, which admittedly is an issue, but to me there is a greater issue here.
When I watch a baseball game, I don’t watch for a pitcher to tip his pitches. Last night I was watching the MLB Network, and watched as Joey Cora and Mitch Williams broke down video from Wheeler’s first three big league starts.
For those that didn’t see it, Cora compared Wheeler’s pitches to the scene in Bull Durham when Crash Davis tells the hitter what pitch is coming.
It’s amazing how obvious it was against the White Sox. With a breaking ball he keeps his hands close to his body, and a fastball he has his hands away from his body when he sets up.
Then in the 13-2 drubbing, Cora explains how the Nationals knew every pitch that was coming. With the fastball, Wheeler’s glove was placed on his belt buckle, glove closed with his legs straight. When it was a breaking ball, Wheeler’s glove ...