Originally Posted by bellhead
Hopefully a good learning experience from failure for Tony, taking from this the need to work on his secondary pitches and keep the ball down.
His secondary stuff wasn't really there last night, but that isn't why he got hit around. He got hit around because he was throwing his fastball at the waist to the chest after the 3rd inning. That was either the 6th or 7th start of his that I have watched and that was the first time I have seen him struggle to locate his fastball for more than 3-4 pitches in a row. He was consistently up in the zone for the second half of his outing last night and he is usually a guy who just pounds the knee caps with strikes both inside and outside corners with his fastball.
He has made strides with his breaking ball. It is still incredibly inconsistent, but has made pretty big improvements since last year.