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    Fangraphs K Zone for tonight's ump, Eric Cooper

    by Dave Cameron
    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/instagraphs/eric-coopers-strikezone/


    The Astros and Yankees are set to meet tonight in the first postseason game of 2015, with the winner advancing to play the Royals in the division series. While both teams are likely to do everything they can to win tonightís game, there is one potentially significant variable they wonít be able to control; the called strike zone. So thatís preview what we might look for from the home plate umpire tonight.
    17 year veteran Eric Cooper is going to be behind the plate for the Wild Card game. Per Baseball Heat Maps, hereís Cooperís called strike zone compared to the league average (warmer colors indicate more calls in that area).
    RH hitters

    LH hitters.

    The first thing that stands out is that Cooper has a very tall strike zone, calling far more pitches than the average umpire at both the top and bottom of the rulebook zone. Heís especially generous at the very top sliver of the zone with a right-handed batter at the plate, which is also a very tough area for hitters to make contact on. He offsets the height of his zone to some degree by having a fairly narrow strike zone compared to the average umpire, calling fewer pitches away against both lefties and righties, but the effect isnít as large as his large vertical zone.
    As you can see at the charts available over at Baseball Savant, Cooper calls an above average pitches out of the zone as strikes, and has one of the lowest rates of calling pitches in the zone balls. Overall, heís a pitcher friendly umpire, and hitters are going to need to protect the plate more often than they normally would, especially on high and low pitches.
    Interestingly, neither Keuchel nor Tanaka attack the top of the strike zone that regularly, as both are primarily trying to keep the ball down, so thereís not a clear advantage to either side based on the umpire tendency with regards to the starting pitcher. But both teams are likely to use an army of relievers, and Cooperís zone could work out pretty well for a pitcher like Houstonís Josh Fields, who likes to pitch up with his fastball.

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    Another interesting fangraph article, which argues that tomorrow's pitching matchup will be one of the best ever


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    10/06/15 01:05:50pm PacificMLB: Game 931-932
    Houston Astros New York Yankees
    Pos. Player HR RBI AVG Pos. Player HR RBI AVG
    2B Jose Altuve 15 66 .313 LF Brett Gardner 16 66 .259
    RF George Springer 16 41 .276 CF Chris Young 14 42 .252
    SS Carlos Correa 22 68 .279 DH Alex Rodriguez 33 86 .250
    LF Colby Rasmus 25 61 .238 C Brian McCann 26 94 .232
    DH Evan Gattis 27 88 .246 RF Carlos Beltran 19 67 .276
    CF Carlos Gomez 4 13 .242 2B Robert Refsnyder 2 5 .302
    3B Luis Valbuena 25 56 .224 1B Gregory Bird 11 31 .261
    1B Chris Carter 24 64 .199 3B Chase Headley 11 62 .259
    C Jason Castro 11 31 .211 SS Didi Gregorius 9 56 .265
    P Dallas Keuchel (20-8) 2.48 P Masahiro Tanaka (12-7) 3.51

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    Love to see this stuff. Nice job.

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