Monday, May 31, 2010

Balk..... FTW!

What a wild game. Chad Billingsley was bad, then good. Balk? I'll take it. Steve Lyons of Prime Ticket from the Post Game show says it wasn't a balk.

I'll go by what the Umpires say tonight.  


Eric "NiƱo" said...

from what i saw, i saw the pitcher step off the rubber then lift his arm and then the ump called balk.

I could be wrong but i don't think there was an actual balk. If ne one can point it out to me, please do i'd like to know where it was.

tnthman said...

The balk actually occurred when the pitcher's left leg moved. This happened about a half a second before he stepped off the rubber with his right leg and lifted his arm to throw (both of these things ARE legal). The flinching of his left leg (or buckling at the knee) is what was illegal and was in fact a balk and was 'caused by Casey Blake acting like he was breaking for home plate to steal. Just another reason Steve Lyons doesn't know what he's talking about and should not be covering the Dodgers. At one point later on in the broadcast he says he saw something that MIGHT have been considered a balk. However, he's too dumb to admit he made a mistake in his previous statement that a balk wasn't committed because he saw it later. An ugly way to come away with a victory but Casey Blake did an excellent job of making the pitcher nervous causing the pitcher's left leg to buckle when he thought Blake was trying to steal home.

KempKershaw said...

When two umps call a balk, and the pitcher doesn't argue, it's probably a balk.