Jon Broxton has not been noted for pitching inside, so when he hit Ryan Ludwick yesterday, it gave me a glimmer of hope. In times past, J-Brox has been apologetic after hitting someone. As one Dodger insider said: “I’d like to see him hit someone and then stare them down, so that they think he did it on purpose.” Dylan Hernandez of The LA Times wrote about just this issue today:
“Pitching inside is something Jonathan Broxton admits he has avoided for most of his career. Broxton said that although the pitch to Ludwick was not supposed to be inside, he has made an effort this spring to use that side of the plate more.
“You come in late in the game, you don’t want to miss inside,” he said. “Late in the game, you want the other team to beat you away.”
But, Broxton conceded, “you can’t always live on the outer part of the plate.”
Asked if he thought opposing hitters took for granted that he would not pitch inside and cheated toward the outside when facing him, Broxton replied: “If I were a hitter, I would have.”
Broxton said that when he did pitch inside in the past, he would not do that for more than a pitch per at bat..
Now, I want to get to where I can go back there a couple of times,” he said.”
After hitting Ryan Ludwick, Broxton should have just stood there and stared, and later should not have said he didn’t do it on purpose. He’s 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 300+ pounds, and if a hitter “BELIEVES” that J-Brox might pitch inside, he is not going to get too comfortable at the plate. I doubt that he’s eager to charge the mound either. In times past, Jon has been loathe to pitch inside, but if some inside chin music become part of his arsenal, he could be a TOP TIER CLOSER. Just changing that aspect could change everything about the way a hitter prepares to hit against the big guy. I haven’t given up on J-Brox and I hope I have to eat every negative thing I have said about him.
That would make Logan happy.
That would make you happy.
That would make me happy…
and that would make the Dodgers VERY happy!
Ray asked if I thought Kenley would be the closer this year and I have this response: “Not if Big Jon can pitch inside.”
With Rod Barajas in back of you and Jon Broxton is front of you, I doubt that many batters would want to charge the mound anyway. You can see that Barajas is not afraid to brawl. I think that’s a good mentality for this Dodger team!
The Dodgers ‘ Spring Record of 13-18-1 doesn’t look as bad when you consider that they are 13-9-1 in full-squad games, but 0-9 in split-squad games.
P.S. The Butler University Campus is six short miles from my house. I’m a bigger fan, now that Duke is out.