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Bill Miller’s large, imperfect strike zone ultimately favored hitters in World Series Game 5

By in Press Enterprise on October 30, 2017

By J.P. Hoornstra

HOUSTON — Corey Seager nearly slammed his bat through home plate like a sledgehammer.

Logan Forsythe looked shocked.

Two of the most mild-mannered Dodgers on a baseball field weren’t alone in their reaction to called strikes on Sunday.

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Home plate umpire Bill Miller’s strike zone was a recurring cause for confusion – not just for the players on the field for Game 5 of the World Series, but for fans viewing through the vantage point of the center-field camera at Minute Maid Park.

Various social media jabs compared the shape of Miller’s strike zone to the shape of Texas or the Nickelodeon Network logo, an orange splat mark.

The Dodgers had reason to be upset. They lost the game 13-12 and struck out 12 times to the Astros’ six.

Even the Astros acknowledged Miller’s strike zone was far from perfect.

“I probably got a call or two that went my way, and a call or two that didn’t go my way,” pitcher Collin McHugh said. “That’s baseball and this is the World Series and nobody gets here by making excuses and nobody’s going to start making excuses.”

McHugh walked three batters in two innings Sunday. He also struck out four batters; three were caught looking at strike there.

To a degree, this was to be expected. According to Inside Edge Stats, Miller had […]    

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