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Thursday, June 24, 2010

More location graphs from yesterday's game: D-Railed Train

The tone for yesterday's sloppy Yankees/Diamondbacks game was set by Arizona starter Dontrelle Willis. Willis was absolutely terrible, and only allowed one hit. Needless to say, he had control issues. He allowed 7 walks and threw a wild pitch in 2 1/3 innings. After struggling mightily out of the gate, Willis got into a groove in the second before losing it again in the third. Here are Willis' pitch locations by inning:

Lots of misses down (particularly in the 1st) and up/armside (particularly in the 3rd). It was painful to see him struggle out there, and it's very sad to see someone who's still young have such a lapse in ability. I really hope he can somehow pull himself together.

Gameday PITCHf/x data is from MLB Advanced Media; it can be easily accessed via this tool.

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