THE NEWBERG REPORT — APRIL 25, 2007
I don’t know how this one’s going to end, and at 7-5 it’s a lot more interesting than it was at 6-0, but I just witnessed what might have been the most exciting 10 minutes of the season. Frankie Francisco was one poorly executed 0-2 pitch away from getting out of an inherited bases-loaded, no-outs situation with pure, electric, unadulterated filth. Even with a fastball (sorry, Victor and Josh: a “fast-piece”) that nasty, he’ll learn not to groove it on 0-2 and instead bury one in the dirt, and next time he gets out of that same situation unscathed.
You can teach situational technique. You can’t teach what Frankie just brought with him to the hill.
Thirteen pitches, twelve strikes, some comically pathetic Cleveland swings.
That wasn’t fair.