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Rays' Kazmir says mechanical tweak should improve performance
OAKLAND, Calif. — LHP Scott Kazmir said a small adjustment in his stride should result in a big improvement in his pitching tonight.
Kazmir has been a mess lately, struggling to throw strikes due to problems with mechanics. He has failed to last six innings in eight of his past 10 starts and didn't get through five in his past two.
After talks with manager Joe Maddon, pitching coach Jim Hickey and assistant Brian Anderson, Kazmir said he adjusted his stride in a bullpen session Friday, and the results were obvious.
"It felt good when I was done," Kazmir said. "Actually it felt great."
In simple form, Kazmir said his stride had been too long, resulting in a "stiff front leg" that prevented him getting over the top to deliver his pitches. Now his leg is bent "so I can actually get through the ball."
The physical problems led to some mind games, as Kazmir's confidence waned and he started to think too much, which made things worse.
"That's always been the battle," Kazmir said, "and once we get past that, I think everything's going to be great because I'm going to be able to throw all my pitches where I want to. So it's getting better. It's getting a lot better."
Maddon said the improvement should be obvious. http://www.tampabay.com/sports/baseball ... 767157.ece