Zumaya hits 102 on radar gun

zumaya040510.jpgJoel Zumaya is no longer looking over his shoulder at stadium radar gun to see how hard he’s throwing. He knows his manager doesn’t like it when he does that. The only way he had any idea he was hitting 102 mph at Kauffman Stadium on Monday was from his teammates in the bullpen.

“To tell you the truth, I didn’t feel like I was throwing that hard today,” Zumaya said later.

It wasn’t exactly a priority for him. He was more concerned about throwing his curveball for strikes. The result was a nasty combination for Royals hitters and a seven-pitch sixth inning in which Zumaya sent down the side in order, getting the Tigers back to the plate for the top of the seventh to take the lead.

“Basically, I just wanted to go out there and get the hitters back in, so they could go out there and provide the runs they did,” Zumaya said.

Zumaya got second-pitch grounders from Jose Guillen and Willie Bloomquist, both on 101-mph fastballs, before he unleashed a nasty three-pitch combination to Yuniesky Betancourt. He spotted back-to-back 83 mph curveballs to start off Betancourt — the first for a called strike, the next one fouled off — before blowing his 102 mph fastball past him for a foul tip into catcher Gerald Laird’s mitt for strike three.

“I know when he’s got the good fastball, and I know the days when he’s going to have to use his breaking ball a little more,” Laird said. “I can tell [how fast it is] by receiving it. But his curveball was really good tonight, and that’s going to be a plus pitch for him to have.”

It’s that curveball that had Zumaya really pleased.

“I wanted to do what I did, get my breaking ball over early, feed off of that and climb the ladder on the fastball,” Zumaya said. “It happened just the way I wanted it to.”

It happened at the same place where Zumaya has had defining moments in his career. He made his major league debut here in 2006, when the Tigers opened the season in Kansas City. It was here, too, that Zumaya had the first of his many injuries over the past few years when he ruptured a tendon in his right middle finger while warming up in the bullpen. He’s clearly hoping this is the start of something big for him again.

16 Comments

Shame MLB has not fixed the site – the problems trying to post during games is worse than ever and the time dating is still out of whack.
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The 2010 Tigs have more ticker than past years – a come from behind win to start the season is great even with our starter having a so so day.
JL’s defensive sub moves will keep giving me heartburn – Damon is the unofficial team leader and is a calming influence on the field.
What is wrong with Ramon’s glove this year, he has been awful in the field.
I applaud JL for using Zoom early and how good to have a closer who bears down even after the error made it interesting.

Ughhhh….first mlb.com decides to upgrade on Opening Day and put all the Team sites in maintenance last night, then they bury your blog. Things would be so much different if I ran the world.
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Hopefully everyone finds their way back here. Zumaya did look awesome yesterday. His pitching and Jackson’s put out at home made the game for me. So excited that it’s baseball season again!
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Tracey

Boy I was holding my breath a lot during that game. Things that I like.
– Winning for once on opening day
– Zumaya
– SOME working some counts to get Grienke out of there
– Ordonez, Inge, Cabrera, Jackson, Damon and Perry
– Fealing at home with Valverdes inning (ala Jones and Rodney) just kidding
– Everett getting a hit.
– Rod saying during the at bat between Betencourt and Zumaya he could throw anything and Betencourt would whiff at it and he did. That was hilarious.
-The TWINS lost
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Things that frustrated me
– Valverdes inning
– Damons first two at bats when he only looked at 4 pitches in both. I thought that isn’t what he did to us when he ws on the opposing team
– Verlander getting fastball happy and thinking that is the only thing there is when all they do is foul off pitch after pitch on him.
– That stupid camera at Kauffman field which always has something blowing in front of it or on it.
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GK

They “upgrade” (change for no real reason?) the MLB site every year on opening day. I wish they’d do that at the beginning of spring training. And every year, it causes the link to this blog to become buried. I use a straight shortcut myself, but having the link hidden doesn’t do much to draw new readers.
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It was really good to get that win, one reason being that we didn’t have to spend 48 hours being winless. Comebacks are always good for morale and chemistry. Or clubhouse culture or cohesiveness or whatever you’d rather call it, Jim. :-) We got one on Greinke. If we’re lucky, we won’t see him until September like the Twins did last year!
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All in all, I’d say we had good ABs throughout the game. I hope that continues. Verlander looked much better than previous Aprils, although I wish he’d throw a curveball when he gets into situations. Pumping one heater after another only runs up his pitch count. There’s no way to stop him from doing that? I know he’s headstrong, but really. Gerald, can you go out there and slap him around a little bit? Wouldn’t that be a sight.
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Zumaya needs to continue throwing that hook even if he’s not getting strikes with it. Speaking of Joel, look at the picture above here on this page. His elbow cocked up there even with his head is why I’ve always thought he had continuous arm problems. It’s just something I’ve always believed about pitching motions. Does anyone agree or disagree with that?
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–Rich

Well, I do not post during the game and I have Becks Blog as one of my favorites. I am glad we got Greinke out of the game.
Hey Greg, where else can you fail 3 out of 4 times and get ccheered? The double by Inge, that’s where! Carlos needs to be focused on being a DH. Verlander is sure fastball happy. I kept telling him to throw a curveball but he didn’t here me. Rich, yeah, it looks like a lot of stress on that arm. I am surprised on so few comments. Hey, we are in first place! Go Tigers, 2010! –Dave

Hi /Dave,
I’ve been waiting for the “Byrnester to trash the Binge Man. Boy did you ever get it right. Actually, he would have been “two for” had it not been for the Bloomster’s great play at third. I felt all along the guys were going to win. BP action was encouraging. Polly gets 6 ribby’s in his first game back for the Minor Leagues. It was a nice first win for the Tigers.
Greg

Forgot to mention but I thought it was pathetic KC got booed by their so called fans on opening day.

Speaking of booing, now Damon gets booed wherever he goes, even his old town of KC. Sheffield got the same treatment. It’s a Yankee thing. Like they have their own version of “Always a Yankee.” You play for them, you get booed the rest of your career no matter where you are.
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Hey, I wonder how Grandy will take to being the villain? It’s bound to happen.
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–Rich

Lots of good in yesterday. I completley agree with the comments about Verlander. One day he will suddenly mature into a premier pitcher. The fastball after fastball scenario has to be getting old for him too.
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As to Inge—well it’s up to him how long it takes for me to ‘trash” him. If he does his job and hits the ball there will be no reason to complain. He (and I have always said this) is one the best at the hot corner in the business and probably has more range there than 90% of his peer group.
It’s the bad habits and the poor selectivity at the plate that drives me around the bend. We can’t afford another non-producer in the bottom of the lineup so Brandon has to bop the ball and make the middle of the lineup work.

Glad you’re a part of this blog, Dan. I sincerely respect your baseball acumen. And my jousting with you about Inge is truly
lighthearted. Again, I’m judging with my heart, having watched him grow up through high school, and the Virginia Commonwealth games. I know baseball players are not paid by how much grit and character they possess. Inge is just a hometown hero to the folks around here. Keep those comments coming Mr. Byrne.

Greg

Glad you’re a part of this blog, Dan. I sincerely respect your baseball acumen. And my jousting with you about Inge is truly
lighthearted. Again, I’m judging with my heart, having watched him grow up through high school, and the Virginia Commonwealth games. I know baseball players are not paid by how much grit and character they possess. Inge is just a hometown hero to the folks around here. Keep those comments coming Mr. Byrne.

Greg

Glad you’re a part of this blog, Dan. I sincerely respect your baseball acumen. And my jousting with you about Inge is truly
lighthearted. Again, I’m judging with my heart, having watched him grow up through high school, and the Virginia Commonwealth games. I know baseball players are not paid by how much grit and character they possess. Inge is just a hometown hero to the folks around here. Keep those comments coming Mr. Byrne.

Greg

Glad you’re a part of this blog, Dan. I sincerely respect your baseball acumen. And my jousting with you about Inge is truly
lighthearted. Again, I’m judging with my heart, having watched him grow up through high school, and the Virginia Commonwealth games. I know baseball players are not paid by how much grit and character they possess. Inge is just a hometown hero to the folks around here. Keep those comments coming Mr. Byrne.

Greg

Glad you’re a part of this blog, Dan. I sincerely respect your baseball acumen. And my jousting with you about Inge is truly
lighthearted. Again, I’m judging with my heart, having watched him grow up through high school, and the Virginia Commonwealth games. I know baseball players are not paid by how much grit and character they possess. Inge is just a hometown hero to the folks around here. Keep those comments coming Mr. Byrne.

Greg

Glad you’re a part of this blog Dan. I respect your baseball acumen, and in all honesty, my jousting with you over Inge is truly intended in a lighthearted tone. Again, my baseball heart gets in the way of my limited brain re Inge. I watched him grow up through high school, the Virgina Commonwealth games played right here in Roanoke, and then his stint at VCU.
Sadly players are not paid on the basis of grit and character.
Inge just happens to be a local hero here. Keep those blogs coming Mr. Byrne.
Greg

The Philly fans were heckling Damon everytime he came in from the outfield in Spring Training. He would look up into the stands and just smile. Probably a smile of I got the ring you all wanted. His reaction and some of the interviews I have heard with him match up with a good personality for the team.
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Granderson will not mine the villian on the road, but I wonder how he will handle it at home when he goes through the rough hitting streches.
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The pattern of JV pitching ahead, getting pitches fouled off, then missing the zone until a full count, and then the belt high straight fast ball getting whacked happens too often. He needs to trust his off speed stuff to work.
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Mark

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