Sherrill looking for big improvement in 2011

Pitching coach Roger McDowell’s camp these next two weeks gives newcomers like reliever George Sherrill a chance to get to know his new teammates and coaches and get comfortable in his new surroundings.

He has more than that on his mind. Sherrill is looking to rebound from an off 2010, which saw his ERA balloon to 6.69 and right-handers hit .427 off him.

Sherrill held left-handers to a .192 batting average but that wasn’t much consolation to the 33-year-old veteran left-hander.

“Just deception-wise was why I was able to get lefties out, but pretty much the whole year I had no clue where it was going,” Sherrill said. “Walks were up a little bit. It was just a constant battle of trying to fix whatever was wrong.”

He walked 24 batters in 36 1/3 innings for the Dodgers, while striking out 25.

Sherrill said he probably tried 10 different arm slots and 20 different sets of mechanics throughout the year. Heading into this year, he hopes to simplify. McDowell has a head start on the plan after watching video comparing his mechanics in LA to when he was with the Orioles, in his better days of 2008 and 2009.

“That’s something that I need because I’m not a video guy,” Sherrill said. “I don’t know what I’m looking at; I don’t know what I’m looking for.”

When he makes adjustments on his own, it’s more by feel, Sherrill said. Either way, he thinks he was at his best with a higher arm slot and a better downward angle.

“I must have gotten away from it last year and couldn’t figure out where the arm slot was supposed to be,” Sherrill said. “Hopefully we can get back to that this year.”

12 comments Add your comment

Dawg

January 31st, 2011
6:52 pm

Dawg

January 31st, 2011
6:53 pm

I’ve fulfilled my DREAM……………………FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!

Dawg

January 31st, 2011
6:53 pm

And SECOND and THIRD!!!!!!!!

Dawg

January 31st, 2011
6:54 pm

Here’s hoping Sherrill will shut down Howard, Utley and the rest of those big lefties in the NL East.

Dawg

January 31st, 2011
6:55 pm

TOP 5 BABY. Ok i’m done:)

JC Boscan III

January 31st, 2011
6:55 pm

If guys like Sherrill and Linebrink pitch well, our bullpen should dominate the league….How many teams have a pitching staff that is 11 or 12-deep….!?!! Tired of the cold weather — hurry up, baseball season!!!

JC Boscan III

January 31st, 2011
6:56 pm

Gee, I guess that made me 6th…… Is there a door prize or anything….?

Tyler

January 31st, 2011
7:17 pm

Being 6th means you’re a loser.

IHEARTCARROLL

January 31st, 2011
8:32 pm

Congratulations Dawg. You on a roll !

Ben

February 1st, 2011
8:44 am

Congratulation Dawg, you are a loser…Anyway, until and unless the Braves spend more….They will be just like last year….Their lineup has ton of dead woods….Brian Mccain is the 7th hitter on ta championship team…

ramblingman

February 1st, 2011
12:41 pm

“Being 6th means you’re a loser”

It’s still two better than 8th.

Way to wander off topic, Ben, just to bash a team you are obviously no fan of.

I hope Sherrill can recapture a bit of his old magic. It’d make a great pen even better.

Go Braves.

greg

February 3rd, 2011
5:56 am

Hopefully ….Wow! Nothing more need be said. We deserve better.

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