Re: What went wrong with Todd Coffey?
I'm not a pitching coach, or a major league pitcher, and I didn't even stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but I have noticed two things about Todd Coffey during his struggles:
1. Every pitch seems to be the same speed. He throws very hard, still(94-95 sometimes), but when they know what's coming... Coffey needs a pitch to keep hitters off balance. I also agree it seems as if he's lost some movement.
2. He's wild, in the zone. He's been missing this year, right over the heart of the plate. When you put 1 and 2 together, it might explain why guys were teeing off on the first pitch he threw, very often. Now, it could very well be that he's throwing it where he always did in the zone, and the lack of movement is killing him.
IMO, Gary Majewski was suffering form very similar symptoms (after he had rehabbed from his injury). Maj seems like he's showing signs of his old self.
I have high hopes that Coffey will be back to his old 2006 self next year. He's got a fine arm, and it seems like he's a great guy- an easy fellow for me to root for. Having him back to his 2006 form would make this a much deeper bullpen.