Bob Brenly had this gem during the 2nd inning of Game 2 of the Dodgers-Cardinals ALDS:
[Adam Wainright] really speaks highly of the experience he had closing for the Cardinals back then . He says he takes the same mentality into his start. He said early in his career he tried to pace himself too much, trying to work deep into the ballgame; but his experience that he had in the bullpen where you just go after every hitter and every out is huge; he’s taken that same mentality to the mound as a starting pitcher.
Sound like someone we know? Maybe he’ll be better than a set-up man after all? Maybe all that hoopla about Joba’s mound celebration’s being too wild has caused Joba to change his pitching mentality while starting? Perhaps putting him back in the ‘pen for the playoffs is the best thing for his starting career moving into 2010.
- Posted By Corey