Posted by Thomas Brennan at 10:00 AM
(Here lies the inaugural Mack's Mets article for Eddie Mendieta -
read and enjoy, folks).
So Tuesday night’s World Series game had Cleveland’s Starter Corey Kluber Strike out 8 batters in the first 3 innings and 9 total for the game. A masterful performance, or was it...
On Mike and Mike’s morning show it was reported that the Umpire’s strike zone was 93% accurate. As I watched the game, I noticed that there were many pitches I did not agree were strikes, up to 2-3 inches off the plate. Then questions arose, and they said “it’s the Human Element.”
Now I do like the “Human Element”. I enjoy when a player slides on the perfect side of the bag to avoid what should be an easy out.
I love when a base runner on third base runs down the line and draws a balk from the pitcher.
However, when a call is wrong or in this case a ball is called a strike, we catalog it under the umbrella of “The Human Element”. This makes no sense.
Both the batter and the pitcher should know what is going to be called a ball or strike every game, every time. We all see on TV when the Umpire is wrong. Now we even have statistics that can say how accurate the “Human Umpire” was.
Well, 93% is far too low a percentage. In the post season, those 7% may actually have been the difference in why Cleveland was victorious.
One hundred percent may not be possible but having the number raised to 98%-99% should be.
Now that works both ways, for every ball called a strike there is a strike called a ball. I am willing the bet Syndergaard, Harvey, and Degrom throw extra pitches (raising pitch counts) on missed calls and would prefer to know that if they execute the same pitch in the first or the sixth inning they would receive the same results.
The technology exists.
As fans we invest our money, time and passion, and I expect the same on the field.
What do you think, folks?