DrewButeraPitching

Introducing Drew Butera, Relief Ace

DrewButeraPitching

Drew Butera is now the Dodgers best reliever with a 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 1.11 FIP, 1.11 xFIP, and 0.69 SIERA. He’s magic, basically.

Yes, the Dodgers were routed last night, 13-3, but Butera was a rare bright spot, pitching one perfect inning that included a strikeout punctuated by 94 mph heat. This wasn’t Butera’s first rodeo though, as he had previously pitched a scoreless, no-hit inning for the Twins in 2012, walking one but also striking out one. So this was a season debut, not an MLB debut (all elite pitchers have a track record of success, after all), but as far as season debuts go, it’s hard to imagine a better one.

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Butera started the appearance off facing Christian Yelich and the top of the Marlins order. He quickly pumped in back-to-back strikes with a “fastball” at 82 and 83 before missing with an 84 mph fastball out of the zone.

He then threw a 74 mph change that Yelich lined to Andre Ethier in center, giving the Marlins lineup a brief flash of his intimidating out-pitch.

Ed Lucas was up next, and Butera showed that he wasn’t messing around, pumping his fastball up to 88 mph that missed for a ball. Instead of going with the same pitch though, he came back down to 80 for a strike on the outside corner to a baffled looking Lucas. Pitching backwards there in his season debut, Butera showed the advanced approach and confidence that makes him one of the best in baseball.

He then missed again at 86 before getting a confused Lucas on an 83 mph pitch that he couldn’t have timed if he tried.

Before we get to the final batter Butera faced, let’s talk about his mechanics.

Butera has a fluid motion and has plenty of athleticism, which allows for easy repeatability. He uses solid posture to develop his 3/4 arm slot that helps give run to both his fastball and change. Unbelievably, even elite pitchers like Butera have room for improvement, as he has mediocre momentum and he could develop a better downhill plane if he would keep his front-side tight and finish pitches. Also, his lack of a consistent arm circle provides concern about his timing and deception.

So while you soak in how great he is now, just dream about the potential Hall Of Fame talent we have here on the Dodgers should he eventually fix these errors. The sky is the limit in terms of his ceiling, especially since he has an 80-grade face.

Back to the game, the final batter Butera faced was poor Marcell Ozuna. To start, Butera ramped his fastball up to 90 mph for a strike. And then in a cruel, unfair way, he dropped a 74 mph change with sink and fade down in the zone.

OH SNAP

For his coup de grace, Butera went up the ladder with a 94 mph fastball, both coming with the extra oomph AND changing Ozuna’s eye level with a running fastball.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a masterclass in relief pitching.

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Asked about his success, Butera stayed humble, doing things The Right Way.

“I blacked out, I don’t know what happened,” Butera joked about his last pitch. “I was trying to not to get hurt and throw strikes. My last hitter was Ozuna and I had an 0-2 count so I figured why not let one go?”

“It’s just the fact that they have no idea what I’m throwing out there. It’s almost like taking BP, you’re so comfortable out there, next thing you know you’re out.”

And that’s how you finish up your flawless outing: with CLASS.

Unfortunately, Butera now needs 724 days of rest before he can go again, but he’s slowly building up arm strength so the team hopes eventually he can go every year.


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704 comments
Purple Drank
Purple Drank

andrew zimmern eats horse fecal matter and rotten bugs and unicorn penis. says they are all delicious.

but he can't stand eating spam.

efb
efb

@Purple Drank  yeah but he does that for TV ratings and cultural immersion, not because he likes it

efb
efb

Eephus do you like spam?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@efb  The food kind? Yes. The email kind no.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@efb @EephusBlue  the....whuh? YOu mean those that like it?

Yeah I love it.  VND is right. Its totally a Hawaii thing for me. But that shit aint healthy at all.  But I will eat it.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Does anyone have a link to the Donnie quote about Wilson?

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

I'm also in the sub group that is willing to see the Fife take over the 5th starter spot until Hyun Jin Ryu if completely healthy. For 2 reasons  firstly is Ryu is far too valuable an asset to squander to impatience or anything else. And B) is because i have always championed the Fife even though there is far too much his fip sucks and his siera sucks! Fuck all that bullshit he takes the ball and gives up 2 runs damn near every time out. Score 4 runs a damn game and we will win way more than we lose

ABMoseSchrute
ABMoseSchrute

Was just in a master's thesis presentation this morning and learned that codeine itself is not the opiate, but that our enzymes convert it into morphine...Drank, I just fell a little bit more in love with you.

Lobo
Lobo

@Purple Drank She can use her anesthesiologyness to put the opposing team into a drug induced stupor so we win all the games

Subtle Euphemism
Subtle Euphemism

VND, did you see my comment yesterday about recovering from a residency? 

Lobo
Lobo

VND is the charter member of the "Wait until Ryu is fully healthy bandwagon"


Except for all the rest of us

efb
efb

this team has made a lot of errors, doesnt mean they have an identity crisis lol 

Ghost of Dang88
Ghost of Dang88

We don't know who we are.........but we are gonna be #1

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

*Is told not to read Rosenthal's article

*Has Rosenthal's article essentially copy and pasted on here

efb
efb

omg you guys the Gnats know who they are!! what are the Dodgers going to do!?!?!?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Rosenthal wrote a column which you probably shouldn't read.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

No, there's another one today.