It’s always fun to hear from players about the differences in playing – particularly pitching – at high altitude.
On Monday, Fresno starting pitcher Shane Loux was extremely candid about throwing at the highest professional park in America.
“It’s awful,” said Loux, who threw a complete-game three-hitter in an 8-1 victory. “I hate pitching here. I hate it. The old Colorado cutter. No matter how you hold it, it’s going to cut. It’s a disadvantage, but it’s an advantage because it has the late action.SO It’s kind of funny how it works here.”
Loux had been here many times, so he knew what to expect. Tuesday marked the first time that touted prospect Mike Zunino had experienced it.
He instantly saw the difference.
“Balls move a little less,” Zunino said. “It’s drier too, so sometimes they would back up or just sort of dart on your. I saw it with breaking balls, it seemed like they were tougher to grab and take off.”
When asked about the affect of the humidor – essentially a humidifier that the balls are stored in before being used – Loux noticed that, too.
“Those balls feel hard and cold and slick,” Loux said. “They weren’t rubbed down very well, either. I very rarely use rosin, but I was pounding the rosin today because I need it for my grip.
“It feels a little bigger. Maybe the moisture swells it a little bit.”
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