DownRodeo Posted September 24, 2003 Share Posted September 24, 2003 Watching Looper pitch tonight, it definitely seemed like he was overthrowing, as almost all his fastballs sailed high. It looked like he was trying to make up for his previous poor outings by throwing every pitch as hard as humanly possible, which obviously had bad results. I agree with others, I was more sad than angry to see him struggle because you know he was trying so hard. Someone has to get him to relax and remember to pitch, not throw. I think the best thing for him would be to pitch in a blowout, non-pressure situation to regain his confidence. Hopefully he'll get that chance before the regular season ends. At any rate, Looper at his best still was never as dominant as Urbina, so perhaps his struggles are a blessing in disguise, since now McKeon will go to Uggy in most pressure situations. The whole situation is rather ironic, since the guy who's stepping up during Looper's struggles, Chad Fox, blew some important games with Boston at the beginning of the season. Now it seems like Fox's confidence is at its peak, while Looper's is the lowest it's been all season. Perhaps Looper should talk to Chad to figure out how to regain his confidence. And I know I rag on the Marlins front office a lot, but acquiring Fox was one of the best midseason moves in all of baseball this season. Not only has he pitched great, but he's pitched great when it's been needed most. In the short time he's been here, he's pitched... - a scoreless 13th in a tie game vs. the Dodgers. Fish went on to win 5-4. - a scoreless 10th in another tie game vs. the Dodgers. Fish win 2-1. - a scoreless 7th while losing 3-1 to the Pads. Fish come back to win 6-3 - a scoreless 7th while winning 5-3 to the ' Spos. Fish win 5-3. - a scoreless 7th in a 1-1 tie vs. the Pirates. Marlins win 5-1. - a scoreless 7th while winning 4-3 to the Mets. Marlins won 7-3. - two scoreless innings while losing 3-2 to the Braves. Fish win 5-4. - two scoreless innings while winning 6-4 to the Phillies. Fish win 11-4. - a scoreless two-thirds of an inning in a 5-5 tie vs. the Braves. Fish win 6-5. - a scoreless 8th while winning 6-3 to the Braves. Fish win 6-3. - tonight's scoreless outing saving Looper's butt. That's 11 outings where he completely shut down the opponent in high-pressure situations. If we make the playoffs, a huge reason will be because of Fox's pitching. So kudos to Fox, and kudos to Beinfest to have the foresight to pick him up (and hopefully keep him around for next season). If a late-inning pressure situation arises in the playoffs, we now have two relievers who I have complete confidence in: Urbina and Fox. In a short series, sometimes that's all you need. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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