Game 116, Rays at Mariners
Shields vs Silva, 7:10 pm.
Hey, remember that whole “Carlos Silva moved his hands around and is getting more sink on his fastball now” thing from a month ago? Yea, he’s made 5 starts with the new grip, gone 26 innings, given up 35 hits, walked 4, struck out 14, and has a 6.23 ERA. His groundball rate over that span is 39.4% and he has a brutally awful 30.9% LD%.
So whether you want to judge him by his results (which is dumb, but hey, we’re not winning that fight with everyone) or by the process that creates the results, either way, he’s been getting absolutely crushed since he changed his hands to get “more sink”.
The lesson, as always – these in-season mechanical adjustments/post-hoc explanations of success are pointless and should be ignored. They are anti-knowledge.