A catcher's setup is more than just a formality
@noah, u got a shoutout on your article and they discussed it over the last 7 or 8 mins if this episode. Thanks for putting out thought-provoking, conversation starting type of material! In case you csnt click the link in this format, it’s the latest episode of “seeing red” which is a cardinals pod hosted by will leitch and Bernie miklasz
You’re gonna get a lot of reads from stl on this! Hopefully a radio or podcast interview or two as well. You’re the first I’ve seen to actually EXPLAIN some of what he was doing wrong, cause lord knows Mo n Oli have not spoken in any specific terms. I think it only hurt them, honestly
Noah fantastic stuff as always.
"With fastballs, pitchers tend to miss laterally more than vertically..." where does this come from? Just based on most fastball pitch shapes not exhibiting huge lateral movement? Or more of a pitcher psyche issue?
Terrific analysis. It would seem to me that issues regarding setup would be relatively easy to address, no? (Perhaps the knee-down approach would take work, but I’m talking about positioning and glove placement.)
Also, what seems odd about all this is that Contreras’s framing deficiencies have been known for some time - certainly I was aware of them as a Cubs fan, so I’m sure the Cards knew about them as well. For them to make such a public gesture about it just weeks into a 5yr deal seems ... ill advised. (So did Marmol’s public shaming of Tyler O’Neill last month, for that matter.)
It seems particularly odd that these issues are coming from the Cardinals organization, one generally considered to be so good with these kind of management issues.
This is great work, and not to diminish it by any means, but it doesn't seem Contreras' setup/overprioritization of the runner is something that would take an inordinate amount of effort to detect and fix. Is there any potential explanation for why the Cardinals themselves haven't addressed it?
Really appreciate this kind of detailed analysis. Thanks.
This is so great!