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Game 10 Open Thread: April 13, 2007



1-1, 3.60

0-1, 5.40

if they get the game in tonight (very questionable proposition, i'm told), anthony reyes will make his 20th major-league start --- and his fifth against the brewers. here are the previous four:

august 9, 2005 6.1 2 2 2 1 5 1 W
august 5, 2006 5 5 3 3 3 6 1 W
september 18, 2006 5.1 5 2 2 1 9 1
october 1, 2006 0.2 5 4 4 0 2 2 L

solanus charted reyes' start last weekend vs the astros, and the question that jumps right out at you is --- wha' happened to the changeup? i watched the first two innings and noticed right away that he wasn't throwing it. on the 9th pitch of the game, reyes lobbed a high changeup to morgan ensberg, who scorched it down the line for a homer . . . . . . but foul by a few feet. the next hitter, lance berkman, singled on a 3-2 changeup; a few moments later, on pitch #23 of the game, reyes tossed a low changeup to carlos lee with two men on and one out, and lee jerked a 400-foot rainbow to left field line for a three-run homer . . . . also foul.

from that point forward, reyes --- having thrown five changeups in the first four batters of the game --- would throw only six more changeups. he flat-out lost faith in the pitch --- or maybe his catcher did. maybe dave 'n' tony thought he was tipping it; that happened in game 4 of the nlcs vs the mets, if memory serves, and they had reyes start pitching off the stretch to eliminate the tell. in any case, 55 of reyes' last 72 pitches vs the astros were fastballs --- 6 were changeups, and the other 11 were that slurvey thing he throws.

without the changeup, he's a sitting duck; he absolutely must change speeds to be effective.