ofahn wrote:He wasn't in shape.
Matusz and Tillman are buddies and "work out" over the winter together. NEITHER of them came to Spring Training ready for the season. I hope they have learned a lesson.
A_K wrote:The situation is even more alarming if you look back at his velocity in college.
He's no longer the pitcher he was when he drew all the acclaim that whetted our collective appetite.
It'd be comforting to think that the situation is as simple as him not being in shape when he reported to spring training. That's the easy explanation. The reality is far more alarming. His velocity has decreased every year since he was considered one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball. Many of those who proclaimed him such have already begun distancing themselves from those expectations.
At this point, I'm hoping to hear that he's decided to undergo TJ surgery. Then we'll at least know why his performance has regressed so consistently, and while we'll have to wait a year for it, we'll at least be able to start looking forward to a viable recovery. I'm skeptical that squating and sprinting with Brady Anderson is going to get his fastball back up to the 93-94 it was at USD.
Rising O's wrote:And API should be a banned training facility. Matusz, Tillman and Hobgood all used them this winter.
Does Nolan Ryan have the key to success?
If you go just by starting statistics you can't argue with the results at the major league level. 2007 ERA of 5.50 down to 3.65, dropping each year. Innings pitched rising each year from 838 to 994. BA against falling from .293 to .246. 10 complete games and 19 shut-outs which topped the AL this year.
ofahn wrote:How is ANY of this any different than what George Bamberger used to promote and teach? Working a pitcher's arm harder between starts and Capri pants are both back in style.