Re: Huge series starts tonight. Huge.
posted at 5/14/2014 9:31 AM EDT
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The Takeaway: Jake Peavy struggling with two-seam fastball
Peavy is usually in the strike zone. historically not a guy that walks alot of batters. this year has been very different. nibbling or ????
His past 4 seasons BB/9
By Brian MacPherson
MINNEAPOLIS — Jake Peavy has some work to do with his two-seam fastball, his sinker.
Let’s make it clear out front: Peavy throws a wicked two-seam fastball. He’s gotten plenty of outs in his career with his two-seam fastball.
“That’s always been his strength,” said Red Sox pitching coach Juan Nieves, who has worked with Peavy for years going back to their days together in Chicago. “That’s always been his mojo.”
Unlike a straight four-seam fastball, when a righthanded pitcher throws his two-seam fastball to a righty, it tends to tail back toward the hitter. If he’s throwing the fastball at the inside corner, he can throw it in the strike zone and watch it tail out of the zone down and away. If he throws it off the plate away, it can tail back and clip the outside corner.
But if he’s throwing it at the outside corner, trouble lurks. If he throws it at the outside corner and it tails back too far, sometimes it can end up down the middle of the plate.
If Peavy doesn’t stay on his pitches — “stay in the hallway longer,” as Nieves put it — all the way through the finish, he risks what should be a filthy tailing two-seamer winding up in a hitter’s wheelhouse.
“That’s his biggest challenge, Jake’s biggest challenge — not being able to keep the ball down and away because of his delivery,” Nieves said after Peavy gave up six runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Minnesota Twins. “He throws the ball down and away, but it always has a little leak-back. I was thinking, during the game, that they were almost looking for that. They’re not expanding away. They’re actually waiting for the ball to come back.”
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