Drayer reports on the game plan for Felix
(ht to msb for the link)
Drayer gets some nice, in-depth comments on how Felix wants to pitch this year.
I talked to Johjima about this and he told me that the game plan is solidly in place for this year relaying this through interpreter Antony Suzuki:
“I think there are two game plans with Felix. If his sinker is working, great we can use the sinker early in the game and get the strikeouts with his breaking ball because the sinker will make the breaking ball very effective. But if the sinker is not working we will have to use the breaking ball more often and get that sinker as the strikeout pitch. So there are two ways in his game plan, since he has got a great breaking ball and great command he can come up with any kind of sequence as well.”
Good, good. Like the “any kind of sequence”.
I talked to Felix about this after his last start and here is what he had to say.
“That’s true. You know if I have my two seamer working then I am going to throw it a lot. You saw me a couple years ago throw a lot of two seamers, a lot of fastball and I got a lot of success. When my two seamer works I am going to get a lot of groundballs and a lot of quick outs and that’s what I want. If it doesn’t work I will figure out something else, throw the breaking ball, choke the fastball and throw the breaking ball, that’s all. But if I have the fastball in command it’s going to be easier for my breaking ball to work better.”
I love, love, love hearing Felix talk about getting quick ground outs, even more than Kenji discussing a reasonable approach to strikeouts. Felix concentrating on groundballs will still get his strikeouts, and then he’s ridiculously effective.
And I love this kind of wonk-tastic coverage, too. Thanks, Drayer!