The top of lefty Sean Marshall''s head is 5 inches shorter than 7 feet.
Consider arm length, and then how much he's bent over when he lets go.
I figure that big hook starts about 7 1/2, maybe 8 feet off the ground.
It's going somewhere in the mid 80's, and while velocity's important, it's the insane right hand turn it makes about two thirds of the way to the plate that's just so entertaining or baffling, depending on if you're batting or just watching.
The camera from center field is such a great angle, because you'd swear the ball was heading closer to Sheffield Avenue than the catcher's mitt.
Then, the turn.
If you were a righty and had to swing at that pitch for a week, you'd be doing the kind of serious head jerk-back movement that would cause a permanent double chin even if you were Olive Oyl skinny.
Of course, when I started this post Sean was still pitching and everything was pretty rosy.
Then the bullpen came in and the game went straight to hell.
What must the Chicago Cubs' bullpen ERA be?
Somebody tell me.
I'll guess over 8.
I'm gonna keep trying to be positive about this young season.
"The only thing I can do here is change the lineup around and play people who are productive and pitch people who are productive. And that's all. I'll talk to them as individuals, but if I have to give 'rah-rah' speeches in April, it's going to be a long summer, I can tell you that." - Lou.
Okay, so...Micah Hoffpauir and Koyie Hill - they were productive just the day before.
D.Lee, Geo, not so much - 0 for 6 yesterday.
And, maybe Kosuke needed a rest since he's hitting the cover off the ball and currently sits at #5 in the NL with a .358 average.
Anyway, that was a pretty big turd the Cubs left out there with the cacti.
Lets hope the smell doesn't follow.
Tomorrow it'll be young Sean Marshall vs. the also young Chris Volstad, who's 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in this young season.
The Fish have won 3 of their last 10, having just taken 2 of 3 from the Mets (who just won 3 of their last 10 as well), while the Cubs have won 3 of their last 9, losing the last 3 series and being outscored 36 to 47 over that time.
Just...not great right now.
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