Jonny Venters had given up only three home runs in his first two seasons in the major leagues (over 164 outings). Now he’s given up three in his past two weeks, including a solo shot to Bryce Harper in Saturday’s 8-4 loss to the Nationals.
For Venters it’s an indication that his sinking fastball isn’t sinking like it should, which Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez thinks aid is a function of his hand position.
“The sinker is coming out sideways instead of going down, and for me that’s just tinkering a little bit with the hand position,” Gonzalez said. “The thing we can do as managers and coaches, you’ve got to keep running him out there (to build) confidence. He’ll be fine.”
Venters said he and pitching coach Roger McDowell have been working on the mechanical adjustments in bullpen sessions and he thinks it’s just a matter of repetition and getting comfortable with them.
“It’s getting better,” Venters said. “I felt great (Saturday) physically and mechanically. I just made a couple mistakes.”