Revenge is a dish best served at 61 degrees, partly cloudy.
After the shellacking that the Giants received in Toronto, this series had to start off the right way. The Giants fell in Toronto due to awful defense, poor pitching, and some R.A. Dickulously terrible hitting. Today, the Blue Jays lost because they couldn’t field the ball, Freaky pitching, and because the Giants never moved the damn fences in. I know the Giants are playing the Jays again tomorrow, but I feel like we exorcized the demon by letting the Jays beat themselves tonight.
But the real story tonight is Timmy. Timmy absolutely dominated tonight after giving up a first-inning home run. He sat down 14 straight Jays, including five strikeouts. He walked just one – the slowest player on their team! – and finished with six strikeouts. So what did he do differently?
Timmy threw 41 fastballs, averaging 90-91 mph, and got just one whiff. But he threw 31 curveballs, 17 for strikes. Let’s see where those were:
So, uh, everywhere. Hard to believe some of those hanging curves didn’t get launched. But this isn’t really accurate. Let’s see where he got his outs:
Well, he kept it down in the zone. When the ball drifted out over the plate, he gave up hits. When he kept it down, he usually got outs. Simple equation. He was fooling hitters with his breaking pitches. For example, Timmy’s second-inning strikeout of J.P. Arencibia.
You can picture this at-bat, because we’ve seen Timmy do it a thousand times. High heat, biting curve, then heat again. It’s beautiful when it works. Here are the Pitch F/X charts from each of Timmy’s strikeouts:
Well that’s darn impressive. I see him painting the black, teasing high before throwing breaking balls in the dirt, and utterly fooling hitters. Well played, Tim.
I think we can agree it’s nice to see Timmy get his control baa… oh:
Who, that little guy? Yeah, I wouldn’t worry about that little guy.