NLCS: The Phillies look to the past for their winning pitch strategy

SAN DIEGO – Here it is. Try to hit it.

Has baseball ever been distilled into anything simpler than that? That swagger is disappearing in the game. The rotation is in progress. Deception dominates. For the first time in recorded history, major league pitchers threw fast balls with less than half of their pitches, 48.6%. Just six years ago it was 56.3%. Over 68,000 fastballs went poof! in the name of advanced metrics, launch labs, and incredibly detailed batter scouting reports.

The Philadelphia don’t play that postmodern, passive-aggressive game. They are increasing the heat and turning the clock back. The Fathers learned that very hard lesson on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.

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