Originally posted by Fright
There are a lot of pros for him doing it on purpose, and the 3-2 count in a 1 run game 6th inning is the only con. I don't know if it was an accident or purposeful but to assume pitchers play GTO all the time is odd to me. For instance there are many cases every season of umps warning a pitcher to not retaliate or else the manager+player will be ejected.... a he hit him, maybe he missed by 3 feet. I will never know... but my suspicious meter is high.
You have obviously never pitched.
NO pitcher throws at a guy in that situation....NONE
There is absolutely no benefit.
Secondly, Greinke mouthed off AFTER Quention gave him a menacing look.
He said "What are you looking at?" or something along that line.
He said it because Quentin was being a meat and trying to show him up.
Quentin also dives into the plate in an attempt to get hit and so he can cover the
outside half of the plate.
The only pitcher that I ever knew who would intentionally toss at a hitter in a tight
situation was Drysdale and that was if he was ordered to intentionally walk a hitter.
He would plunk the batter on the first pitch. His rationale was "why waste four pitches
when I can accomplish the same thing in one pitch".