JUPITER, Fla. Jason Motte has so much confidence in Yadier Molina that hed throw a curveball in any count if his catcher signaled for one with him on the mound. And thats saying something for a guy who doesnt even have a curveball.
"Id say OK and flip one up there if he called it," Motte said. "And Id do it with 100 percent confidence."
Its been a constant battle for Motte the past few years as he battles the urge to just throw his fastball as hard as he can every pitch while also realizing the need to mix in other pitches. And hes back there again this spring.
After working on a cutter last season, Motte has turned his attention to a changeup. He began throwing it late in the 2012 season and worked on it during the offseason. Now hes hoping to perfect the pitch this spring and take it with him to the mound on a more regular basis in the regular season.
"Its a pitch Im going to use," Motte said. "Its just like with my cutter and everything last year and in years past, its just ...