(AUDIO) Brian Anderson from Sun Sports: Hellickson’s Issue is Fastball Command
Tampa Bay Rays color analyst for Sun Sports and former Rays pitcher Brian Anderson joined Booger and Rich to talk Jeremy Hellickson’s loss to the Royals on Monday.
Jeremy Hellickson has been struggling lately and Anderson said it simply comes down to fastball command. Earlier in the season, Hellickson threw his fastball down and was able to pick his spots and use the corners. Anderson says now Hellickson has been leaving fastballs up in the zone and players have been raking. Mentally, Hellickson is affected by his recent struggles and BA said his body language showed that Monday in Kansas City.
Anderson said that skipping a start with Hellickson might be possible with Matt Moore returning but you have to use five starters which would include Roberto Hernandez. BA did say that he guarantees that Rays management is discussing the option of sitting Hellickson for a start.
Anderson said he doesn’t think Hellickson is injured because there are no signs other than his lack of production. His velocity is still there and BA says we’ve been spoiled a bit by Hellickson’s good pitching over the past couple of seasons. If it is mechanical, Anderson says it needs to be fixed immediately or it will morph into a mental issue.