Jeurys Familia quick pitched last night, and Alex Gordon was ready for it
If you’ve watched Jeurys Familia at all this season, you know that the quick pitch is a major part of his arsenal.
Not only does Familia bring a sizzling sinker, devastating split-finger and tight slider to the table, but with the quick pitch, it also adds the element of surprise when he’s facing hitters.
Last night in Game One of the World Series, however, that very same quick pitch came back to bite him.
Pitching with a 4-3 lead in the 9th inning, two mere outs away from giving the Mets a 1-0 series lead in the Fall Classic, Familia missed his spot on a quick pitch to Alex Gordon, who crushed a 97 MPH sinker to dead center field for a game-tying, solo home run, stunning Familia and Mets fans alike.
While there was plenty of velocity and movement on the sinker, because Familia wasn’t fully set when he threw the ball–thus it being a quick pitch–it makes it harder to locate your pitches. This resulted in this sinker missing up in the zone and over the plate, where Gordon did not miss it.
That’s because he was prepared for it.
“The at-bat before with [Salvador Perez], I saw him quick pitch,” Gordon told reporters after the game. “I wasn’t expecting that and I wanted to make sure when I got on the box I was ready to hit. And he tried to quick pitch me and left the ball right there to hit and with a guy like that you can’t miss pitches that he gives you to hit, and that’s what happened.”
Terry Collins said on Wednesday he will not hesitate to use Familia again in Game Two, and in fact said it would be beneficial for him to get back out there as soon as possible.
But it’s up to Famila now, as the Royals are not only aware of that quick pitch, but they’ve shown that they’re capable of capitalizing, even on the slightest mistake.