Early last month, I looked into the disastrous end of Paco Rodriguez‘ 2013 regular season. The most common question that I received after posting the article was “was Paco tipping his pitches?” It’s a natural question, given his unorthodox delivery (pictured above).
On Monday, this question re-surfaced, when Ken Gurnick reported that Rodriguez has made a mechanical tweak in his delivery:
Paco Rodriguez and the Dodgers’ staff believe they’ve found a mechanical flaw … [the flaw], noticed when he breaks his hands at the start of his motion, grew progressively worse last year.
“Once I figured it out, it was like, ‘Wow, that’s how it feels,’” said Rodriguez. “I was pitching so well, but my arm slowly came up and it took away from my ability to hide the ball. It’s like night and day… I was showing the ball more than I normally do. Just one outing and it feels better.”
“Mechanical fix” is used almost as frequently as “best shape of his life” during spring traini