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10-26-2011 09:13 AM #1
Fangraphs Q&A with Zach Britton
Good read. Zach's really got a good head on his shoulders.
10-26-2011 09:25 AM #2Plus Member Since 09/03 Hall of Fame
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Wow, that is a fantastic interview. Kudos to David Laurila for asking some very specific questions, and kudos to Zach for answering them in detail rather than a bunch of cliches. And he didn't flinch when Laurila started throwing terms like BABIP and Pitch f/x and various stats into the questions (though of course, Laurila may have cleaned up the Q & A a little bit).
10-26-2011 10:16 AM #3
Great stuff I particularly liked this part
Up here, it’s crucial to stay ahead of hitters. Once they know you’re not going to throw a certain pitch in the strike zone, they’re going to lay off of it. I had to go to my four-seam fastball more often — maybe a four-game stretch — and I got a lot of fly ball outs. Once I fine-tune the command of my sinker, that number should get better.
Also nice to see that he has been talking to Palmer.
10-26-2011 10:34 AM #4
Zach sounds like he really gets it. Said he lost the feel for his sinker and threw it a lot less this year than in the minors. Hopefully, he'll get that sinker back over the off-season and be ready for the grind next year. You gotta feel good about him improving after reading that piece.
10-26-2011 10:40 AM #5
10-26-2011 11:30 AM #6
I still have high hopes for Britton and Arrieta and moderate hopes for Hunter. I know longer know what to make of Matusz or Tillman. Both clearly have talent, especially Matusz. But what happened to Brian this year and why can't Tillman translate minor league dominance to major league competence?
10-26-2011 02:11 PM #7Bowie
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Quote from Zach Britton:
Because I pitch to contact. If I get a guy 0-2, I’m not necessarily looking to strike him out; I’m looking to get him to hit a ground ball.
10-26-2011 02:24 PM #8
10-26-2011 04:40 PM #9
10-26-2011 05:14 PM #10
That was one of the most encouraging things I have ever read about any current player. Thoughtful, honest, coachable, confident- all four come out in this interview. I like.
10-26-2011 10:04 PM #11Plus Member Major Leagues
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Britton's answer to his BABiP being about league average:
I haven’t stared too much at them, but I’d say that they’re pretty true, for the most part. I’d also say that some them are inflated from two outings. Against New York and Boston, I couldn’t get out of the first inning. If you take away those games, I think I’ve had a pretty solid year. That’s the way I’m looking at it, and I think the staff is as well. You obviously can’t take those two starts out of the equation, but if you do, I’ve been fine.
10-27-2011 12:21 AM #12DL: When a batter steps to the plate, do you know if he’s a high-ball hitter or a low-ball hitter?
ZB: For the most part, I know the guy’s tendencies. I know what they do, but that doesn’t necessarily dictate what I’m going to do. My whole philosophy of pitching is to go to my strengths, rather than thinking too much about their strengths. As a pitcher, you have the odds in your favor. You’re going to beat their strengths 99% of the time if you execute. It all comes back to the execution. But, like I said, in the at bat, if I feel that he’s done a good job of battling the pitches down, I’ll elevate.
Pitching pitching pitching pitching pitching pitching pitching pitching pitching............