Not only is that a strike, it's also been a fat fucking grapefruit of a mistake, and it's not like that. "Bellinger would have been kicking himself in a stratosphere. Bellinger was eventually stranded on the bases, and Lauer would go on to collect the win, so no harm no foul, right? Not exactly.
A consequence of an umpire having a glaringly screwy strike zone is players lose their ability to anticipate what they want and will not strike. Drake's strike zone was especially erratic for lefty pitchers, which meant the Dodge lineup, which was flustered and irritable. Kirby Yates 1-2 fastball on the outside corner, and the batter, Justin Turner, let Drake hear it
Less worrisome than that the pitch what a strike-it looks like a strike, and anyway that's a nasty pitch and I prefer to think of it as a strike-is how Drake apparently described the pitch, to Turner:
Baseball America had a disadvantage of precision pitcher who nibbles on the corners and successfully teases out a strike zone from fallible human umpires. That possibility plus concerns about the potential loss of the future is not enough. " It may become unworkable, especially if they could move to the end of 2019.
But just as soon as I start tugging my collar over the impersonating Dodgers lineup and making a powerful persuasive case for the hiring of Robo Drake. If nothing else, Robo Drake would never exaggerate the placement of a pitch in order to justify a call that needed no justification. Robo Drake would say bleep blorp and leave Justin Turner to suck on that .