It seemed to me like there were a couple different zones being employed today by home plate umpire Larry Vanover. Brooks baseball is a wonderful place. Click the pictures to make them larger/more readable.
Hey, fun. If you were a Milwaukee pitcher, you got the call on balls off the plate to left-handed hitters. Once you even got the plate on a ball off the plate and down. Once you got the call on a ball that was way high. And once you got the call on a ball that was clearly low.
If you were a Pirates pitcher... "no" on the outside pitch. And forget about anything else, jerky.
Turning to right-handed hitters....
In a shocking development Brewers pitchers DID have a ball called against them on a real-world strike (but rulebook ball) just off the outer edge. Pirates pitchers had two similar pitches (usually real-world strikes/rulebok balls away) called for strikes.
Oh but wait: is that four... yes four pitches outside both the rulebook and practical zone gifted to Brewers pitching? Why yes it was. Meanwhile a "practical zone" inside strike was called a ball against the Bucs, and three pitches that were in both the rulebook and expanded real world zone (i.e. obvious strikes) were called balls.
All together I get a 10 pitch swing in the Brewers favor, which is about as lopsided as these things ever get.
Sometimes good things come in pairs though.
HEY WOW GOLLY LOOK! If you thought Jerry Layne was just TERRIBLE on Friday, guess what? You're absofreakinglutely correct.
Squeeze city. 15 - FIFTEEN - or so Pirates pitches that are usually called strikes by MLB umpires were adjudged unworthy by the Great Layne.
Tell you what, Jerry. I call "Balls" on you, OK?