Daniel Bard struggled last year combining his pitching velocity with control. Once things started going bad, his season proceeded to spiral out of control, similar to his throws. Well I guess that means we can call this season a comeback, with the reliever posting another very impressive outing yesterday.
Bard came in to relieve in the 6th inning against the Twins and struck out the side. Seemingly impressed with himself, Bard was very content with the speed and control he had on his pitches. Everything seemed to go his way and he explained how rewarding that feels for a pitcher:
"It's something that's a feel that every pitcher knows what I'm talking about, when the ball is just coming out true," Bard said. "I was as locked in in the bullpen warming up as I've been in a long time. The catcher wasn't moving his glove a whole lot. It's always nice to carry that into the game."
"I don't know what my velocity was, but it felt as good as it's felt in a long time coming out," Bard said...