BrianWilsonKnuckler

Brian Wilson and the occasional knuckleball pitcher

BrianWilsonKnuckler

After unveiling his new knuckleball in his first appearance of the spring, Brian Wilson followed it up with two more yesterday to two different and puzzled Rangers hitters.


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Dodgers (ss)
Rangers
12:05pm PT
Surprise, Ariz.
2B
Figgins
LF
Choo
RF
Pederson
SS
Rosales
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Fielder
CF
Ethier
3B
Kouzmanoff
C
Ellis
DH
Moreland
DH
Olivo
C
Arenciba
SS
Turner
RF
Adduci
LF
Baxter
CF
Choice
3B
Harris
2B
Wilson
P
Maholm
 
P
Scheppers

After seeing that appearance yesterday, it’s a lot more likely that he’s practicing it for actual usage during the regular season, which would put him on a rather rare list of pitchers.

The recent history (since 2007) of non-knuckleballers throwing the knuckleball is very short. Eddie Bonine used the pitch the most when he worked it into his repertoire with the Tigers (232 Times), Ryan Franklin sparingly used one in relief with the Cardinals (26 Times), Manny Parra of the Brewers “fooled around” with a knuckler seven times (an even rarer lefty knuckler), and Livan Hernandez threw it once with the Mets (because of course he did).

What does it mean? I don’t know. There’s so little history of it, and it’s especially weird for a guy who put up a closer-worthy season and still has closer-worthy stuff to debut the pitch.

In the tiny sample size we’ve been able to see thus far, Wilson appears to have a decent grasp for command of the pitch, and the knuckler has had consistent late movement down and in to a righty. So like with Vicente Padilla‘s “soap bubble”, it might just work if not overused.



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DBrim
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Hoze
Hoze

IF single 

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

oi, there's a new post. where's the next link above the comments?

Boxxybabee
Boxxybabee

You wouldnt know it by looking at him, but SVS' defense is pretty good.

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

Mariners look like they need a little more spring training

Hoze
Hoze

wow. Pop up to RF and Van Slyke doubles Seager at 1st

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

I <3 Alanna Rizzoo too. Baseball knowledge is so so sexy. 

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Guy behind me talking about Brims article on Becketts release point. "I understood some of it" lol

Hoze
Hoze

Beckett with the pickoff

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

So dammit. It looks like there's no stream of this game. Poop.

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

@Professor Towel  This can't be right. The Dodgers receive brand new golden-plated diamond-encrusted undergarments before every game. 

Matt Kemp's Bath Towel
Matt Kemp's Bath Towel

Dee Gordon washes his jock strap once per week. SNLA is definitely rich in content so far.

joelydanger
joelydanger

This is interesting but with pitcher WAR being different than WAR for positional players I wonder if this accounts for it.

Hoze
Hoze

we have the 6th easiest schedule, but then again the 'best' and easiest schedule in the majors vary by a 5 game swing, and within the NL West just less than 1 win.. 

Tommy D
Tommy D

@Professor Towel @steelmohawk  Was just looking at the ST standings.  Could you imagine a Pitt vs Sea World Series?  The narratives would implode under their own hype.

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

I AM A TALKING ANTHROPOMORPHIC BEVERAGE

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

@Professor Towel @Hoze  Well, actually they kinda need to lose right now, so I don't feel so bad. Still though that transition from the NL Central to the AL West was yuck.