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John Lackey tweaking windup to address woes

Posted on: May 16, 2011 1:12 pm
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By Evan Brunell

LackeyWhen John Lackey takes the mound against the Orioles on Tuesday, he'll do so with a reconfigured windup that the Red Sox hope will address his command issues that have led to a 8.01 ERA start.

While Lackey is also struggling with velocity, his 4.12 walks per nine innings would be a career worst, as his previous high was 3.06 in 2005. Last season, Lackey checked in at 3.01; no other year has seen his rate higher than 3.00, so this is a concerning development for Lackey. Now, he'll return to keeping his hands by his hips instead of swinging his arms over his head. That windup was junked by Lackey a few years ago, and the Red Sox are wondering if the change caused his control to go haywire.

"Mechanically from his windup, instead of going over his head, he kept his hands down low," pitching coach Young told MLB.com. "[It] feels like he's had real good command that way. "Since he's done it before, I think he feels pretty comfortable -- and really just commanding his fastball."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:53 am
 

John Lackey tweaking windup to address woes




Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:49 pm
 

John Lackey tweaking windup to address woes

Maybe Wakefield can teach him how to throw a Knuckleball or my daughter could teach him how to throw underhand. 


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