Barrett ruined what was an otherwise great performance from this crew over the four game series. To Barrett's credit, he did not have many mistakes, but the ones he did have mostly favored the Cardinals. Overall he didn't miss many strikes based on the Adjusted strike-zone, but he called quite a few strikes that were indeed out of the zone. His only big miss (strike called as a ball) went against Dodger pitching: Ball 1 to Wong in the seventh inning (0-1 count, 2 outs, runner at 1B, LI 1.61)
I live tweeted the fact that this miss was made worse by a call for Cardinal pitching later in the inning, a called strike to Joc Pederson both essentially in the same location. Here are both pitches:
The interesting takeaway here is the position of the catcher and his receiving of the pitch. Notice that Cruz is positioned outside and receives the pitch square. Grandal is set up center and has to catch the pitch to his left. That small difference can mean the difference between a ball and a strike. Notable gifts (balls called as strikes) included: Strike 1 to Justin Turner in the first inning (0-0 count, 2 outs, runner at 1B, LI 0.80)
Strike 1 to Puig in the third inning (3-0 count, 1 out, runner at 1B, LI 1.05)
As noted many times, most umpires expand the zone on 3-0 counts... get it anywhere close and they will call it. I understand why, but I don't necessarily like it. Strike 1 to Alex Guerrero in the ninth inning (0-0 count, 1 out, nobody on, 1.02)
Strike 2 to Rollins in the ninth inning (0-1 count, 2 outs, nobody on, LI 0.48)
The Dodgers got a few breaks - three gifts - but overall Barrett's calls favored the Cards. Who else is happy to see St. Louis leave town?
Close Calls & Reviews:
There were not any challenges or reviews in the game. Ethier was called out on a close play at the plate, but was clearly out on a great throw and catch by Heyward/Cruz.