I Yam What I Yam
I haven’t seen Anthony Reyes pitch lately, so maybe he’s throwing lots of sinkers, just like the Cardinals want him to. But I look at Reyes’ lines, and they look a lot like a guy who’s throwing just like Reyes always has.
Last night: seven innings, nine hits, 5 Ks, no walks, one home run.
Previous start: 6 5 2 2 1 7, with a home run.
Start before that: 6 5 3 3 2 8, one home run allowed.
He’s not getting a lot of groundballs, and he’s allowing the occasional home run. But he’s striking guys out by the bushel, and he’s not walking anybody.
Just out of curiosity, does this remind you of any successful Major League pitchers? I’m thinking Curt Schilling succeeds pretty well with a profile like that.
Obviously there’s NO guarantee Reyes turns into Schilling. But you can succeed without getting a lot of groundballs, if you can strike batters out and avoid walks. I think Reyes is what he is, and what he is is a terrific pitcher.