It does feel like they are.
But I still believe we need to move on to instant replay for a dozen reasons.
I'd rather have pitch FX.
The difference between painting the edge of the strike zone & a ball should NOT be determined the pitchers experience, the team, the umpire's feelings towards the player, etc. The fact that a rookie has to "earn" a strikezone that a veteran ace would receive is dumb.
we need instant replay. there are too many variable strikezones and it makes things extremely frustrating.
replay is a bad idea and not needed
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I am all for replay just not on balls and strikes. But I believe we have on this site multiple times
I know Verlander had a much bigger strike zone in the two games he pitched vs the A's in the playoffs last year compared to our other pitchers. And I do believe it was based on his reputation.
.278 AVG, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .394 OBP, .418 SLG, .811 OPS, .8 fWAR, .2 rWAR.
I didn't realize anyone kept track of the percentage of pitches outside the strike zone that were called strikes. When I did, one of my first thoughts was Mariano Rivera. I've always felt like he got a very generous strike zone and now I have statistics to back it up. Here's the amount of strike calls he gets on pitches outside the strike zone compared to the league average.
2007: Average - 9.2%, Rivera - 9.2%
2008: Average - 8.2%, Rivera - 14.3%
2009: Average - 7.9%, Rivera - 14.2%
2010: Average - 8.1%, Rivera - 12.4%
2011: Average - 7.5%, Rivera - 14.1%
2012: Average - 7.4%, Rivera - 6.8%
He was also below the league average in called balls on pitches inside the strike zone. Any other pitchers that stand out?
There's no pitch f/x data for Maddux but there is for Lee. If anything, it looks like Lee gets more calls against him than league average. He's right around the league average for balls that are called strike (7-8%) and there are multiple years where he was noticeably above average for strikes called balls (18-25%). That's ridiculously high, imagine a pitcher having every fourth strike they throw getting called a ball.
EDIT: I'm looking up more players. In 2007, 31% of Wakefield's pitches and 28% of Dickey's pitches in the strike zone were called balls. Rough year for knuckleballers.
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