ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright believes he's identified the last remaining obstacle standing between him and the pitching form he knows he's capable of. He also knows that identifying the problem isn't enough.
The flaw, Wainwright believes, was a change in his release point when he pitches. He had started to pitch with his arm too high, which was affecting the movement and location of his pitches -- especially his fastball. "That high arm slot was something I used to do when I was young," he said. "When I was in Double-A, the pitching coach there had me lower it a little bit and I started pitching a lot better. Getting movement on the ball. I didn't have to be as fine. I could sink it and get ground balls."
He's pitched pretty darn well in his last two games:
vs. MIL: 8.0 IP, 1 ER 7 K, 2 BB
vs. CHN: 8.2 IP, 1 ER, 7 K, 1 BB
So did he change his arm slot for those games? God bless FanGraphs and PitchFx:
Versus the Reds, the start prior to the Brewers game
If you have a hard time telling the difference, click here and cycle through the game dates via the drop down at the top. Pretty neat that in this day and age we can analyze stuff like this with just a few mouse clicks.
Don't know if his success will keep up, but you have to like that he's executing the adjustment he said he needed to make in combination with the results they've generated thus far.