Each time Daniel Bard takes the mound, it seems like it is more than just an exhibition game. Many stories are written, most accentuate the positive, like he did not give up any runs. One story written by Maureen Mullen, tells the truth, that others do not want to hear:
“I was disappointed,” said one scout in attendance. “I thought the last two times I saw him he was better than he was today. He was flying open, which changes his arm slot. The top and bottom of his front side were going in different angles. He was around his breaking ball, he wasn’t throwing as hard. I had him at 94, 95, and previously I had him at 97.”
What the scout said about changing his arm slot and his velocity might be easy to say but not always easy to do.
If you look at where his vertical and horizontal release points in 2009 compared to 2012 you can see a large difference in his delivery. This might be the reason he was throwing 100 in ...