If Texas Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis had a dog or family member named Todo, he would have to say, "Todo, we're not in Japan anymore." That's because he's NOT in Japan anymore. But just one year ago he was. He now finds himself pitching in the World Series, the San Francisco Giants playing the role of Wicked Witch of the West, Lewis is just like Dorothy, leaving Japan.
And Saturday night's Dorothy did not get swept away in the tornado that is the World Series. He threw the ball very, very well. Colby slayed the Giants.
San Francisco starter, Jonathan Sanchez, pitched better than he did in his last outing - game 6 of the NLCS - but it appears his small hands are catching up to him. You see, Sanchez has small hands and it makes it difficult for him to throw his slider effectively. Hand size is imperative to breaking ball ability. If we were taking the PSAT, that is the Pitching Sanchez Accuracy Test, one question could be
Hands : Breaking Balls :: Breasts : ___?_____
The answer, obviously, is Chicken Sandwiches. Bigger hands, better breaking ball. Bigger chicken breast, better chicken sandwich.
Also obvious: Mitch Moreland and Josh Hamilton have no regard for Sanchez's slider slingers. If you've never heard the term "slider slingers" it's ok. It's a baseball term people use to reference hand size and the subsequent ability to throw a breaking pitch..
But back at home, the Rangers showed they meant business, and that they too can win baseball games, as they proved 90 times during the regular season. And three time against the Rays and four times against the Yankees.