Balsley working to help Volquez repeat delivery
DENVER -- Pitching coach Darren Balsley has worked closely with Sunday starter Edinson Volquez, attempting to remedy the mechanical issues that plagued him in his Opening Day start against the Mets.
Volquez allowed six earned runs and three walks in three-plus innings, as the Mets ran away with an 11-2 victory.
Balsley worked with Volquez on two key issues during his side session -- shortening his long stride and also helping him find a steady arm slot to deal from.
"We just wanted to calm down his lower half and get a more consistent arm slot," Balsley said. "With the lower half, it's getting him not to over stride."
To accomplish as much, Balsley had Volquez wear shoes that had plastic spikes and not metal ones, the kind Volquez would normally wear during a start. While the metal spikes provide more firm footing, the plastic ones forced Volquez to really concentrate on his lower half and not over striding.
Balsley said he won't go as far to ask Volquez to wear the plastic spikes in a game, since hasn't done so before. Hopefully, Balsley said, some of the between-start fixes will take hold.
"Hopefully, if he repeats his delivery, he'll be fine," Balsley said.