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What's Wrong With Rosie?

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Trevor Rosenthal has been off and on this year. I believe that part of the problem is that he has been throwing a cutter.[1]

At the start of the year, starting with Opening Day, I thought this was on purpose; that Rosenthal was playing around with the pitch in an effort to develop a starter's repertoire. However, I have come to believe that this is more likely an accident, perhaps due to Rosenthal's over-throwing the ball of late.[2]

I clearly saw this problem pop up again in the game yesterday 8/17 when Rosenthal walked three batters. I happened to be shooting video from center field and shot a clip containing the frame above. This frame shows the release point and shows Rosenthal's hand, rather than coming straight through the back of the ball, instead sliding around to the third base side of the ball.

This is exactly what you want to do if you want to cut the ball and get it to move to the glove side (as with a cutter or slider).

However, this is a problem if you don't mean to do this.

This was the last pitch that Rosenthal threw yesterday and, judging by Cruz's reaction, he wasn't expecting the pitch to move in that direction or that much. Presumably, Rosenthal wasn't either. Regardless, the ball moved so much more than Cruz expected that he essentially reverse-framed the pitch and turned a strike on the black into a ball.

[1] In most cases, the cutter comes in at 96MPH and moves to Rosenthal's glove side rather than flat or to his pitching arm side.
[2] When Rosenthal is on, through my camera lens a 98+MPH fastball looks like a change-up, leaving me surprised when I see the velocity reading of the pitch. Lately, I have found that I am less and less confused by what Rosenthal is throwing.

Vintage Base Ball

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Each year in South Pass City, Wyoming, we play in a vintage base ball tournament. We wear vintage uniforms and use vintage equipment. The tournament is unique because it's played at somewhere around 7300 elevation, is in the middle of a gold rush ghost town, and left field is a sage brush hill. One of our members, Mat, collected photos and did a photo essay story on imgur about it. He also posted it to reddit. The story went fairly viral, capturing 220k views in the first 24 hours or so, and got some play on some local and national media outlets. I figgered VEB might enjoy the photos at the very least. Imgur photo essay mic.com story

Shocked Brewers

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gotta make one after that expression

Friday free-agent frenzy: Temp daythread

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Cano to Seattle for 10/240. Granderson went across town to the Mets for 4/60. Zoomzoom is being, well, f'n zoomzoom because he's too lazy to make a fanpost. In the meantime, here's a pic of a happy Waino.

Do you hear that, Fezzik?

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The sound of ultimate suffering...

NLCS Game 4 VICTORY postgame thread

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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

9/13 Temp Morning Thread

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Cards begin a 3 game series against the Mariners tonight. Yes, that is former Mariner and current Cardinal Rob Johnson trying to tag out Holliday.

9/7 Temporary Morning/Day Thread

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I would've gone with a Pirates "L" pic, but the GOBs may not have taken too kindly to that. So, instead, I went with one from a walkoff against the Pirates earlier this year.

9/1 Temporary Morning Thread: New Month, New Leaf?

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let's hope so. i'm tired of the #stlpoopcards.

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