Jonny Venters problems can be summed up in one succinct sentence: His sinker is a stinker.
The solution isnt so simple.
Venters needs his sinker.
Its his best pitch, the reason why hes in the majors, the weapon that helped him become one of the top late-inning shutdown relievers in his two-plus years in the majors.
At issue is that his sinker has lost its sink.
Its not dipping and dropping like it once did, befuddling hitters who either swung and missed or drove it into the dirt for harmless ground balls.
His sinker is now staying up in the strike zone, where it doesnt belong. Up there, its nothing more than a hanging breaking ball with a target on it, ripe for big-league hitters.
That lack of sink is the reason why his pitches are heading high and far in the opposite direction at an unprecedented rate.
Venters has given up three home runs in his past six innings, a span of eight games.
Thats an abrupt and amazing turnaround from his first two seasons, when only three T...