ST. LOUIS Jason Motte knows what the scouting reports say about him.
"I'm a fastball pitcher," Motte said.
But that doesn't mean he plans to change anything.
Despite a recent rough patch that included his fourth blown save of the season Sunday, Motte says he will continue to pitch the way he always has. Fast.
The hard-throwing Motte was one strike away from earning his 15th save of the season Sunday. Instead he tied Heath Bell for the National League lead in blown saves when the Royals' Billy Butler turned on his 99 MPH fastball and sent it deep into the seats in left to tie the game.
"He guessed right and was able to hit it out of the ballpark," Motte said. "It was pretty much the same pitch as the one that he swung right through the pitch before. He's a good fastball hitter and it obviously wasn't up enough or whatever but he was able to get the barrel on it.
"I don't know if he shorted up or just cheated and was hoping I would throw the heater and he guessed right and put...