In an attempt to heal from Sunday night’s crushing defeat, I looked into how predictable/unpredictable Ortiz’s homerun was off Benoit. The answer, both. Benoit was one of the best right-handed relievers against lefties this year and hadn’t allowed a single lefty to take his changeup out of the park. On the other hand, Benoit’s first pitch to lefties is extremely predictable, so it can’t be too surprising that Ortiz was waiting for it.
Normally, everything I write about the Tigers is published here, but I used some fancy software through one of my other writing gigs to generate some of the graphics, so it’s going to live over at Gammons Daily. Fear not, here’s a link to the post. Enjoy/try not to do harm to yourself after reading it.