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8 minutes ago, 1776 said:

Mize goes seven on 89 pitches. Now...fingers crossed the pen can close this out.

Didn't seem to command the fastball well tonight, but man was everything else working for him.

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Just now, Tenacious D said:

Would you feel better if someone was warming up next to Buck Farmer?

Garbage time is a good time for him to get his sea legs back, but at the same time, here’s hoping he’s on a short leash.

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Nice win for Mize and the Boyz. And Baddid it again. Just crazy. And I think it was notable that he was going the other way in some of his early successful AB and pitchers had been coming in on him and tonight he adjusted and hit that inside pitch.

Also Mize with few or no mistakes high in the middle of the zone. He worked the inside and outside black - that should be Casey's hallmark.

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It seems like Fetter's plan with Mize is to turn him into an extreme ground ball pitcher. He has the repertoire to do it, but that was never part of his game in the minors. On top of that, he just needs to cut down on the walks still and in line with what he has always done in the minors and in college and he'll be really good.

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We have entered the Aquarian Age as the planets Mize and Baddoo are conjuncturally ascendent. This relation was foretold by Nostradamus when he said:

Estant assis de nuit secret estude,
Seul repousé sur la selle d'ærain,
Flambe exigue sortant de solitude,
Fait prosperer qui n'est à croire vain. 

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Extreme over-reaction:  The Tigers cheated last night. 

Mild over-reaction:  Finally, we are back on the right track.  Mize, Baddoo, Greinner are the FUTURE!

Main reaction:  Its good to go to bed with a win even if it happens after regular bedtime.

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7 hours ago, brideck said:

Didn't seem to command the fastball well tonight, but man was everything else working for him.

I was watching MLBN earlier in the evening, and John Smoltz was questioning whether the Tigers were using Mize's pitching strengths adequately.  I wasn't able to catch the whole thing, but I think he was specifically wondering about pitch selection and the use of pitching planes and if they could better use his pitches to set up his splitter.  He thought maybe more curveball and less fastball would be better (if I am remembering it correctly).

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1 hour ago, Casimir said:

I was watching MLBN earlier in the evening, and John Smoltz was questioning whether the Tigers were using Mize's pitching strengths adequately.  I wasn't able to catch the whole thing, but I think he was specifically wondering about pitch selection and the use of pitching planes and if they could better use his pitches to set up his splitter.  He thought maybe more curveball and less fastball would be better (if I am remembering it correctly).

If Mize can command the edges of the zone the way he did last night he won't have to worry much about ground ball/fly ball. That kind of command was supposed to be his calling card before they drafted him, last night we actually saw it. The guys quoted Ted Williams to the effect that if pitchers hit the corners consistently he'd be a 200 hitter.

FWIW, in the post game Greiner said that maybe they had fallen too in love with the cutter with Casey and they just wanted to go with a wider mix (including the curve), and also that since the split was good last night they were hunting ground balls with men on base. So tactics may or may not imply any long term strategy change there.

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7 hours ago, IdahoBert said:

We have entered the Aquarian Age as the planets Mize and Baddoo are conjuncturally ascendent. This relation was foretold by Nostradamus when he said:

Estant assis de nuit secret estude,
Seul repousé sur la selle d'ærain,
Flambe exigue sortant de solitude,
Fait prosperer qui n'est à croire vain. 

Man, that's been on the tip of my tongue all morning.

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Smoltz was very raw when the Tigers traded him.  He received a lot of instruction from the Braves and he apparently listened. He has said that he doesn't know if he could have had the same success if stayed with the Tigers organization.   

I once had a physical therapist who had had been an intern in the Braves organization many years earlier.  She had worked with Braves pitchers of the 90s era. She worked a lot with Smoltz, but she told me she didn't work much with Maddux and Glavine because they already knew what to do.  

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23 minutes ago, diaspora04 said:

Smoltz always impressed me as intelligent.

Like many ex-player analysts, Smoltz is much better talking about the mechanics of the game than about his opinions of the game.

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