Old Sneakers wrote:I don't like seeing him be so inconsistent either. I do not think he is getting a free pass though. It's a simple matter of Arrieta being the most likely to have a dominant game and most likely to be a true workhorse.
Are you willing to offer an opinion on what the problem is? I'm beginning to think that he starts to doubt himself and tries to get too fine with his location. The result of that is normally what we've seen from him over the last few outings.
This is pretty much what I know about pitching as a whole and I absolutely believe it applies to every pitcher in the league including Arrieta...
The Fastball is the best pitch in baseball.
A great fastball has late dive! (Even lower velocity pitchers that have great command and movement do very nicely!)A flat Fastall is trouble!A Fastball that cannot be located for strikes is pure trouble.
No matter how beautiful an offspeed pitch (curveball, slider, changeup or whatever) is far less effective if that fastball is not happening!
Arrieta is a guy whom has four good looking pitches, but it's all about command. When he's on he is everything you want! However start after start he doesn't always have what you are looking for. When he has command and goes after hitters he is everything you want. That isn't to say his pitches are unhittable, but he looks like the prototype pitcher every team wants. I expect what we've seen so far is what we will continue to see. He will have stretches where he is just solid in every way and we will all salivate at times at an E.R.A that dives. Then he will have bad outings and it will skyrocket. What's the answer here? Hell if I know.
I have no clue if he or the staff are tinkering with this or that. I like everyone else here can only speculate. I do seriously doubt that it's pressure or losing focus on what he's trying to accomplish. This is guy whom we've seen do very nicely against some rough lineups.