Posted by fivekatz
To clarify for others, Jenks didn't pitch in back-to-back games.
He pitched in the first and then the final game of the series.
The best way to critique a pitcher is not through generalities, but by form. And in this respect, I agree with you in that Tito wanted to see how Jenks would improve, if at all, off his other appearance.
In his first game, he hit 96-97, allowing a hit and a BB in a credible inning.
He had decent stuff in his last outing, but he airmailed a breaking pitch that seemed to hang in Howard's eyes forever.
This has been the enigma with Jenks. His velocity should allow him room for error.
You wouldn't think he'd have to be so pinpoint. My guess is, his heat is really straight, and easy for hitters to pick up. His mistakes are hammered as a result. The hope is, his glaring mistakes are the result of rust. But if the inconsistencies continue with a more regulated work regime, he'll be in an innings-eating janitorial role, and the team will have to either replace his intended role, possibly with Miller come the time, or via a trade.