That is, aside from Chase Utley is a ridiculous beast who somehow dug Clayton Kershaw’s pitches out to hit them is that everybody misprononounces Danny Ardoin’s name. I hear this all the time: ar-DWAH, with an A sound like “car” and as though the N at the end of his surname is actually an S.
As he introduced himself, he pronounced his suname as ar-DWAN, with an A sound like “can.” Good to know.
As an aside, is it me, or do the Dodgers seem to always get flat-out destroyed whenever they play on national TV (with the Phillies series at home being the only exception)?
This was posted by Tom Meagher over at Dodger Thoughts. Essentially, Penny’s fastball has been hard hit so far this year. Something interesting to keep in mind — though I haven’t in the past, I wonder a lot more this year about Russell Martin’s game-calling. Does Martin have access to data of this sort? And with Kuroda getting hammered today (Martin caught him), shouldn’t it be even more of an issue? Given that Kuroda has had limited success so far with Danny Ardoin catching him, is it fair to say Ardoin is making use of data such as this with Kuroda? Do the Dodgers even provide this sort of data to their pitchers and catchers?
While the fastball has been hit hard, Penny has still been only one run below average on batted balls. What is really concerning is that he’s thrown basically a league average split of balls/strikes/batted balls, but has a szERA (strike zone ERA, an ERA estimator using only K, BB, and BFP, although Tango seems to have renamed it kwERA (for K and Walks)) of 4.97 against the league’s 4.39. Maybe he just hasn’t had the right sequencing, or maybe he just doesn’t have the right stuff to put hitters away.