Thursday night Nathan Eovaldi got the win against the Baltimore Orioles, pitching 5 2/3 innings while giving up three runs. Unfortunately for the young right-hander, he was pulled from the game just one out short of a quality start. Despite his perfect 3-0 record, Eovaldi has only had two quality starts in the six total starts he has had this year.
A quality start is defined as going at least six innings and giving up three or fewer runs. With the lack of quality starts, Eovaldi is putting Joe Girardi in a tough situation with the bullpen.
The Yankees bullpen is the backbone of this team, and has been working overtime so far this year. The starters need to help the bullpen by going deeper into the games. Nathan Eovaldi in particular really needs to step up, and go deeper into games in order for the Yankees to be successful. With the stuff Eovaldi has, there should be no problems with him giving a quality start every time out there.
According to many TV analyst, when Nathan Eovaldi pitches, the hitters on the other team can pick up the ball very easily when Eovaldi releases the baseball. The numbers do back the theory up, as he gave up the most hits in the National League last year, and this year the hitters batting average is .325. Nathan Eovaldi and Larry Rothschild need to work together to work on Eovaldi’s mechanics. Every hitter in the major leagues can hit a 97 fastball that is not located, and easy to see when the pitcher releases the baseball.
For any great pitcher deception is the key to fool any of these major league hitters. When looking at Andrew Miller, you see how deception is a weapon for pitchers. Andrew Miller has a funky delivery, and its very difficult for the hitters to pick up the baseball. Nathan Eovaldi need to work on his delivery, so he can be an effective pitcher.
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