James McDonald and the Case of the Missing Strike Zone

In today’s game against the Phillies, James McDonald went from worthy opponent of Roy Halladay’s to experiencing an extreme case of Steve Blass disease. In his 4+ innings, McDonald gave up 3 hits, 5 walks, struck out 3, and was charged with three runs. Updated: Oh yeah, and he was charged with two wild pitches (though some of that is on Dusty Brown’s shoulders) and he did Raul Ibanez’s sub-.300 OBP a favor by hitting him with a pitch. (thanks to Seminary Dan for the catch.)

Still, look at this little breakdown: 

Innings 1-2: 27 pitches, 20 strikes.

Innings 3-5: 52 pitches, 21 strikes. 

Was he getting squeezed? Absolutely not. From Brooks Baseball

Yipes. 

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