It’s not as common as everyone being in The Best Shape Of His Life, but pitchers showing up to spring training with an altered delivery and lots of optimism attached to the change happens regularly.
Diamondbacks right-hander Trevor Cahill is the latest, as Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic explains:
Instead of his usual three-quarters motion, he’s throwing from almost straight over the top. The hope is he’s able to find a delivery he can repeat consistently, thus leading to more consistent command. The early results are encouraging.
“The ball has been very electric out of his hand so far,” manager Chip Hale said.
With his new arm slot making the ball move more vertically than laterally, like it was before, Cahill doesn’t have a good feel for how much his sinker is sinking. And though catchers have told him the ball is still diving, he’s curious to see what happens when he faces hitters.
Cahill is coming off a bad year in which the Diamondbacks demoted him to the minors, but he’s still around in Arizona because they owe him $12 million for 2015.
Prior to the rough 2015 he had a 3.89 ERA in 930 career innings, so new delivery or not the Diamondbacks are hoping that the 27-year-old can resume being a solid mid-rotation starter.
NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.
Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).
Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).
Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).
MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.
This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.
In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.
Expanded video review started in 2014.