TheYanks04 wrote:Yeah well if you saw him pitch the last few times, you would be wondering what took this guy so long to figure it out. This is not some stiff (Leiter) that has somehow managed to get lucky and pitch a couple of good games with mediocre or crummy stuff. His stuff looks real good and his changeup has been very good.
How long can he continue to pitch like this I have no idea. I would not recommend picking him up in fantasy leagues. But watching the guy throw the ball shows this is no accident imo (knock wood). He would not be the first pitcher that figured it out later rather than sooner. As Jim Kaat noted yesterday during the YES broadcast, he has picked up a changeup/improved on that pitch and it seems to be making a world of difference. He throws it with the middle finger behind the ball and sort of flicks it. Different from the usual palm or circle-change. We shall see but I would keep an eye on the guy. At some point, if he keeps this up you have to consider it no accident and likely to continue for the rest of the year. I am not there yet, but a couple of more starts like yesterdays and I might be.
Thanks for the insight via Kaat, that guy knows his stuff. Making it all the worse that Small will probably be out of the rotation soon.
Although it might mean he becomes an effective long reliever, which would help the pen out tremendously.