Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Discussions: 2013 Wild Card Games

As the 2013 MLB Wild Card games get underway, we again open the umpire forum to discussion. Notes include home plate umpire performance according to pitch f/x and UEFL Rules 6-2-b-a (horizontal bound, "Kulpa Rule") and 6-2-b-b (vertical strike zone, "Miller Rule"). Plays include significant plays, if such plays occur. For future games, notes include home plate umpire probables.

- Final, CIN@PIT, NL WC: HP Umpire Joe West: pfx (81/83 Balls, 28/34 Strikes = 109/117 = 93.2%).
- - CIN: + 4 Called Strikes located out of strike zone - 2 Balls located in strike zone
- - PIT: + 2 Called Strikes located out of strike zone - 0 Balls located in strike zone = + 0 (Neutral).
- HP: West. 1B: Dale Scott. 2B: Dan Iassogna. 3B: Rob Drake. LF: Tim Timmons. RF: Lance Barksdale.*
- Final, TB@CLE, AL WC: HP Umpire Gerry Davis: pfx (98/99 Balls, 51/55 Strikes = 149/154  = 96.8%).
- - TB: + 2 Called Strikes located out of strike zone - 1 Ball located in strike zone
- - CLE: + 2 Called Strikes located out of strike zone - 0 Balls located in strike zone+1 (0.6% TB).
- HP: Davis. 1B: Ted Barrett. 2B: Mike Everitt. 3B: Greg Gibson. LF: Phil Cuzzi. RF: Brian Knight.*

Notes: *Lance Barksdale (NL) and Brian Knight (AL) are working their first postseason assignments.

Plays (QOC Coloring: Green [Correct], Yellow [Irrecusable or Inconclusive] or Red [Incorrect])
CIN@PIT: 1B Umpire Dale Scott rules McCutchen safe at first on the Reds' double play attempt
CIN@PIT: LF Umpire Tim Timmons struck by bounding batted ball, fair ruled by both Tim & 3B Rob Drake
CIN@PIT: HP Umpire Joe West upholds RF Umpire Lance Barksdale's home run (no interference) call

TB@CLE: HP Umpire Gerry Davis consults with crew, properly overturns 3B Umpire Gibson's foul call
TB@CLE: 1B Umpire Ted Barrett punches out Loney at first on backend of double play
TB@CLE: 1B Umpire Barrett calls Brantley safe at first on grounder up the middle

10 comments :

Gil Imber said...

The first improper umpire mechanics were on display on the foul ball that hit Tim Timmons on the left field line. U3 Rob Drake was already signalling "fair" on a ball that was behind him. That's Timmons' call -- and he made it, too. Good thing they both signalled fair!

Gil Imber said...

Will Close Call Sports be doing a write up of Henderson Alvarez's no-hitter?

Gil Imber said...

You missed Kulpa nearly falling over the runner as he slid into third and bounded home last night.

Gil Imber said...

From the GIF that was posted, it looked like Timmons was going to call it foul.

Gil Imber said...

No, he was throwing his arms up in the air to get out of the way. It wasn't even touching the line and it was in front of him. Why would he call it foul?

Gil Imber said...

Brain fart? I'm just saying it "looked" like he was going to call it foul. From the motions he used to get away from it, he came very close to raising both his hands above his head.

Gil Imber said...

It looks to me like he Drake turned and saw that TImmons was trying to get out of the way, meaning he probably doesn't have a good look at the call since he's moving, and made the call instead since he's set.

Gil Imber said...

TB@CLE: Barrett's call of Brantley being safe was correct, not inconclusive. Great call.

Gil Imber said...

I agree. No way was Brantley out. The view from 2nd base is conclusive,

Gil Imber said...

Barrett got it right at first.


Gerry Davis had a great night behind the plate. I really like that he's not afraid to get the high strike.

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