ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tommy Hunter will start Game 4 on Sunday, but on Saturday he provided a sneak peak into how World Series Game 3 starter Colby Lewis might attack the predominantly right-handed San Francisco Giants lineup.
Hunter, a big right-hander like Lewis who similarly likes to pound the strike zone, hinted that the curveball could play perhaps a larger role than usual in Lewis' repertoire.
"He strikes out a lot more people than I do. He's got a pretty good secondary pitch. That's the way we're different," Hunter said. "He's got a slider and I throw more curveballs. He's got the curveball, too, which is going to be something that he's going to play around with today. And I'm definitely going to watch, see how he executes, and hopefully I can pick up where he leaves off."
Hunter will be in the dugout charting Lewis' game, pitch by pitch. Lewis is coming off his Game 6 ALCS gem that clinched the pennant. Hunter hasn't fared as well, going in two starts, going 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA while logging just 7.1 innings combined.
He's thrown a lot of strikes, ringing up 12 strikeouts with no walks, but he's also been giving hitters a tasty target, allowing 11 hits.
"I'm going to watch every pitch. That's what we do," Hunter said. "The fact that Colby is going to be throwing today is pretty helpful for me."