Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dodgers at Giants, 5/20/2015

**To fully understand "Zone Score" & "Game Score", please see this post.**


HP Angel Hernandez
1B Scott Barry
2B Ted Barrett
3B Chris Conroy


Dodgers: Anderson, Garcia, Santos
Giants: Lincecum, Machi, Lopez, Affeldt

Zone Score & Game Score for Angel Hernandez

Standard Strike-Zone
Dodgers v. LHH (DLSZ): +1
Dodgers v. RHH (DRSZ): +8

Giants v. LHH (OLSZ): 0
Giants v. RHH (ORSZ): +3

Adjusted Strike-Zone
Dodgers v. LHH (DLAZ): -1
Dodgers v. RHH (DRAZ): +3

Giants v. LHH (OLAZ): -2
Giants v. RHH (ORAZ): +1


Standard Strike-Zone Game Score: +6
Adjusted Strike-Zone Game Score: +3


Angel Hernandez had a rather large strike-zone in the game, especially the outside corners to right-handed hitters. The Dodgers benefitted from six strike calls of balls on the outside corner to RHH, but Hernandez was consistent, giving the Giants the same corner. The fact that five of those strikes from Dodger pitching 'painted' the Adjusted Strike-Zone corner was the reason for the unusually high DRSZ score. As you can see, the more important Adjusted scores (DLAZ, DRAZ, OLAZ & ORAZ) were pretty much in-line with an average game. That being said, the Dodgers did receive more beneficial calls. Specifically:

Anderson's strike one call to Susac in the sixth inning. It was a 3-0 count and certain umpires will typically expand their zones in that situation, but this was pretty far outside. Susac walked on the next pitch.

Matt Duffy had this high pitch from Anderson called a strike in the sixth:

To Angel Hernandez's credit, he gave Tim Lincecum the same strike against Uribe in the third inning - this one even a bit higher than the call to Duffy (and Juan is 2 inches shorter).

If you watched the game you will remember Angel Pagan having words with Hernandez after striking out in the third. I even tweeted about it ( @dodgerblureview ). Those two called strikes were actually within the Adjusted Strike-Zone, but both on the very edge and Pagan probably had a right to voice his displeasure.

Close Calls & Reviews:

The Dodgers challenged a safe call on a chopper hit by Pagan to lead off the bottom of the first. I was surprised Don would use his challenge so early in the game, particularly because the call was very close and was the type of call that the Dodgers have not had very much luck with this season - a call that probably was wrong, but could have been upheld for lack of enough evidence to overturn it. As luck would have it NY got it right this time. Scott Barry made the incorrect call, but this one was was a very close call so it was pretty much a toss-up.

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