Snell still staying away from hitters

After watching painful start after painful start by Ian Snell this season, it was great to watch him shut down the Cardinals last night. Time and again, St. Louis hitters waved at Snellís slider, and he ultimately sent eight players back to the bench by way of a strikeout. It would be very nice if he could finish the year with a string of good starts and enter the offseason with a positive feeling.
One thing he did not improve on last night was his willingness to pitch inside. With Snellís stuff, he could potentially be a dominant starter if he kept hitters off balance. Check out the following graphs, courtesy of BrooksBaseball.net. Please note that these are from the catcherís point of view.
Vs. Right-Handed Batters
8/19/2008 at St. Louis
8/14/2008 vs. Cincinnati
8/9/2008 at Philadelphia
Vs. Left-Handed Batters
8/19/2008 at St. Louis
8/14/2008 vs. Cincinnati
8/9/2008 at Philadelphia
As you can see, Snell continues to live on the outer half of the plate. He will need to come inside more to keep batters honest on a consistent basis. The Cardinals spent last night’s game fishing for sliders, and Snell took advantage. But he will not always have that luxury.

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  1. Morning links: Return of Gorzelanny - PBC Blog - post-gazette.com Says:

    […] to weigh in with a top-prospects list. He has Pedro Alvarez at No. 1, too. … The Lumber Co. offers graph charts to support what Ian Snell was saying the other day in St. Louis: He has pitched away too much this season. … […]


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