Yesterday, Mike Pelfrey put his revamped sinker to the test and the early results were very encouraging. The big right-hander tossed two hitless innings yesterday in an intrasquad game at Digital Domain Park. He struck out two and walked one over his two hitless innings and even shattered Valentino Pascucci’s bat with a sinker. Pelf worked exclusively from the stretch in an effort to speed up his delivery to the plate.
Pelfrey’s sinker was sharp and bore down on hitters like his sinker of old. Unlike last season, none of his offerings stayed high in the zone and his command was very good. According to Terry Collins, Pelfrey is “determined to have a big year.”
Pelfrey was quite pleased with his performance, most notably with the movement on his sinker:
“Last year, I thought I gave up way too many home runs, and I don’t think that’s me. Keep the ball in the ballpark and keep that guy on first if I want to turn the double play. I went into the offseason doing everything I could — arm angle, different grips, trying to find it. I found something I’m comfortable with and I’m pretty pleased with the movement on it.”
You can read more about Pelfrey’s performance yesterday at Newsday.