Thursday, July 25, 2013

MLB Ejection 102: Mike Winters (2; Davey Johnson)

HP Umpire Mike Winters ejected Nationals Manager Davey Johnson ejected Nationals Manager Davey Johnson for arguing a strike three call in the bottom of the 5th inning of the Pirates-Nationals game. With two
Winters ejects Johnson for arguing a painted zone.
out and three on, Nationals batter Ian Desmond took a 3-2 fastball from Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located thigh high and over the outer edge of home plate (px 0.862), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Nationals were leading, 4-1.

This is Mike Winters (33)'s second ejection of 2013.
Mike Winters now has 8 points in the UEFL (4 + 2 + 2 = 8).
Crew Chief Mike Winters now has 7 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (6 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 7).

This is the 102nd ejection of the 2013 MLB season.
This is the 48th Manager ejection of 2013.
This is the Nationals' 5th ejection of 2013, T-1st in the NL East (ATL, WAS 5; NYM 4; MIA, PHI 2).
This is Davey Johnson's 1st ejection of 2013 and first since September 15, 2012 (Marvin Hudson; QOC = N).
This is Mike Winters' first ejection since May 26, 2013 (Kevin Frandsen; QOC = Y).

Wrap: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Washington Nationals, 7/25/13
Video: Nationals leave the bases loaded in the 5th that featured two looking strikeouts and a heave ho (WAS)

12 comments :

Gil Imber said...

Laz Diaz just tossed Hurdle

Gil Imber said...

I'd like to see Winters' accuracy numbers for this game if possible. Only watching bits and pieces on TV in the background, but he seems his strikezone is all over the place.

Also, if Jayson Werth gets back up to the plate in this game he's probably getting tossed by Winters. He almost got tossed out of the dugout a few seconds ago.

Gil Imber said...

I'd be interested in seeing the strike zone plots after this game. The strike zone seems seems huge. At least it seems to be equally horrendous for both teams.

Gil Imber said...

Chad Fairchild ejected Fredi Gonzalez for arguing an in-play call in left field

Gil Imber said...

Play that led to Fredi's ejection (ejection not shown):

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2013_07_25_atlmlb_nynmlb_1&mode=video

Gil Imber said...

Either you linked the wrong video or the original comment was incorrect; that video has nothing to do with left field.

Gil Imber said...

If the plate man calls off the plate he has a "BIG" zone. If he doesn't call off the plate he has a "tight" zone. Make up your mind!!

Gil Imber said...

The plate umpire has a "big" zone if he calls balls off the plate strikes. The plate umpire has a "tight" zone if he calls strikes on the corners edges.

Gil Imber said...

Video of Johnson's ejection:

http://wapc.mlb.com/play?content_id=29124973

Gil Imber said...

Werth was called out on strikes in the at bat preceding Desmond and it is likely that Davey Johnson was ejected arguing both Werth's and Desmond's at bats since they were back to back called out on strikes on borderline pitches. The called third strike on Werth (4th pitch of the at bat) was located at the top of the strike zone and on the outer edge of the plate (px 0.876 virtually the exact same distance from the middle of the plate as the called 3rd strike to Desmond). The first pitch of Werth's at bat was an incorrectly called strike (px 0.994).

However, since Werth would go on to foul off pitches #2 and #3 the incorrectly called 1st pitch had no effect on the at bat and is therefore irrelevant so there is no point in anyone trying to argue and challenge this call arguing the back to back at bats because all the pitches that affected the outcome of either at bat were correctly called.

As for his strike zone I went through and counted the pitches that were off the plate incorrectly called strikes. There were 10 called strikes that had px>0.935 and of those 7 had px>1.000, 5 had px>1.100, and 2 had px>1.200. In addition to those 10 called strikes I found 3 additional called strikes that were located over the plate but had a pz>0.0833 above or below the corresponding players individual strike zones. I counted 72 called strikes in the game so that would put his accuracy at 81.44% for strikes called assuming I counted correctly.

His accuracy on Balls was much better. I counted 110 Balls and 12 Balls in the dirt and out of those I only saw 2 that were located over the plate px<0.768 and had a pz>0.833 located within the individual players vertical strike zone. Which would give his accuracy on called balls at 98.18% or 98.36% depending on whether you feel the 12 balls in the dirt should count towards his correctly called pitches or not.

Gil Imber said...

I forgot to mention I got all this info from the expanded tabled data for the game which can be found on brooksbaseball.net along with zone plots for this and every game.

Gil Imber said...

Impressive work here. MLB.com puts together an XML of all pitch f/x data which is what we (and Dan Brooks) use.

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