My personal observation, from his recent starts, is that Horacio Ramirez is throwing the same pitch — fastballs away and a little bit down — a huge percentage of the time. Do you guys think that that’s all that his recent problems have been, poor pitch selection? Or is there something else? Other possibilities:

  • The Sabermetricist theory: He was lucky for two years when he gave up too many baserunners without getting strikeouts or being an extreme groundball pitcher, and it’s finally caught up to him.
  • A defense: He’s just unlucky right now and he’ll be back to normal soon.
  • He’s hurt: It does look to me like his stuff isn’t what it was before his mysterious, and still undiagnosed, shoulder injury.

Any other ideas?