Don't know if, in the greater scheme of things, it will make any difference, but the Tampa Bay Rays seem to be getting the preponderance of the bad umpiring calls in this World Series. Scott Kazmir is out of the game and charged with six walks, though there were a number of pitches that looked like strikes and registered as strikes on Fox's pitch tracking graphic.
I'll stipulate that I have no idea if the Fox thing is scientifically accurate . I assume it is, because it wouldn't be all that technologically difficult to create a system to determine if a baseball passes through the strike zone, but I'm going to use it to make my point anyway. I didn't need it to know that Kazmir had Pat Burrell struck out before the walk that led to his exit from the game. Home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg just wouldn't ring him up.
There was also that horrible call in Game 4, when Evan Longoria clearly tagged out Jimmy Rollins in a rundown near third base. The umpire was right in front of the call and somehow missed a tag that was so obvious on the television replay, you could see Longoria's glove bend against Rollins rear end.
I'm not suggesting that there's a conspiracy to keep the Rays from winning the Series. There have been a couple of egregious calls that have gone the other way, too. What's more likely is that the Rays pitchers have struggled to command the strike zone and have lost some credibility with the umpiring crew, which has been known to make umpires less likely to call borderline strikes.
This isn't just me talking. If you're watching the game and listening to Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, you heard them say pretty much the same thing after Akinori Iwamura was called out in the sixth inning on a ball that appeared to be outside. Kellogg appears to be giving Cole Hamels a wide strike zone after squeezing Kazmir on the edges throughout his difficult four-plus innings.