Maybe J.J. Needs Lasik?
J.J. Putz on Miguel Batista:
â€œWhatâ€™s baffling about Miguel is heâ€™s got some of the nastiest stuff youâ€™ll ever see, and he throws a 93-97 mph fastball with movement â€“ and he refuses to throw it,â€ Putz said. â€œHe wants to throw his other pitches to get you out. I mean, Iâ€™ve never seen him get beat with his fastball.â€
Raise your hand if you’ve ever seen him get beat with his fastball. I’m going to have to put my hand down to keep typing this post, but the rest of you can just keep pointing at the sky.
His BIS pitch data (available, with everything else good in the world, on FanGraphs) has him throwing 50% fastballs and 39% cut fastballs last year. His “other pitches” were thrown 11% of the time.
Maybe J.J. hates Batista’s cut fastball, but he’s always thrown it a lot. That didn’t exactly change.
Oh, and then there’s comment, presented without (much) commentary:
â€œIf youâ€™re looking for the guy whoâ€™s got it downstairs, Corcoran is best suited to close,â€ Putz said.
I’m sure the boys at Lookout Landing will have fun with that comment.