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Thinking About Phil Coke

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As I followed the end of the game I was turning over the conundrum of Phil Coke.  I expected him to be a success: a mid 90s fastball, command, and a good breaking pitch.  But he's obviously getting knocked around by major league hitters.

The Good News: The 27 year old lefty threw 36 pitches to record 4 outs and complete the sweep of the Twins.

The Bad News: The 27 year old lefty threw 36 pitches to record 4 outs and complete the sweep of the Twins.

Good News: Of his 36 pitches, 33 were fastballs.  He threw 61% of his pitches for strikes; it's not a strong number, but he mixed his 2-seamers and 4-seamers well enough to keep the Twins off base.  The run in the 9th came on a walk, a wild pitch, and two grounders.

Bad News: Of his 36 pitches, 33 were fastballs.  This means that either Coke or Cervelli had no confidence in his breaking balls.  He recorded one out with his slider, a foul, and a ball that became a wild pitch.

Good News: Coke mixed location, in and out, high and low. He mixed speeds on his fastballs, running them from 89-94.  

Bad News: Coke mixed location, in and out, high and low... and he recorded only 3 swinging strikes.  All of those came against Justin Morneau at the end of the 8th.  Coke threw 31 pitches in the 9th inning.  In 31 pitches, no one swung and missed.