Originally Posted by Captain Hook
Seems like since being demoted last June Travis has really struggled.He wasn't doing great before that but at AAA he did even worse.Could be that his confidence took a big hit and since being sent down he's had a difficult time getting in a grove.That or he just isn't that good.
While I haven't watched him pitch much lately, when he first came up, he was able to locate his fastball/cutter very well. In 2010, his fastball and cutter both were "above average" pitches according to fangraphs data. In 2011, both took enormous steps backward in effectiveness according the same data.
Here it is, per 100 pitches:
Fastball 10/11: 1.63/-0.07
Cutter 10/11: 0.53/-1.56
Now, why that happened, I can't say at this point (I haven't done any Pitch F/X scouting on him from that time nor watched any video to see if my "control" of those two pitches theory could be behind it).