Angels work to prevent Jose Suarez from tipping his pitches

Angels work to prevent Jose Suarez from tipping his pitches

August 26, 2020 eokpgjcq 0

first_imgBOSTON — Jose Suarez and the Angels may have discovered one of the reasons that he’s struggled early in his big league career.Manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday that Suarez’s last bullpen session was primarily dedicated to preventing the 21-year-old rookie from tipping his pitches.“We don’t know if the other team actually had his pitches,” Ausmus said. “We can’t really say whether it will have an impact or not. Across the board, we want our pitchers to be aware of the fact that stealing signs and stealing pitches has become part of the game.”Suarez, who will make his 11th big league start on Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Angel Stadium, has a 6.22 ERA. He has been allowed 14 homers in 46-1/3 innings. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Ausmus said Smith began having issues with his back earlier in the week in Cincinnati. Ausmus said he “would think” that the minimum 10 days on the injured list would clear up the problem. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Ausmus suggested that another of Suarez’s problems may have been failing to pitch inside effectively with his fastball, which is necessary to set up his best pitch, the changeup.“For (the changeup) to be effective, you have to use the fastball, which means you have to locate it,” Ausmus said. “Sometimes you’ve got to locate it in. If you’re not pitching in at all, you’re just going away and using your changeup away, it makes a very comfortable at-bat for the hitter. If you have eight or nine hitters that are comfortable in the batter’s box, it’s difficult to be successful as a pitcher.”Suarez has thrown 26 percent of all of his pitches to lefties inside, and 36 percent of his pitches to righties. Those are both slightly below the major league averages (28 percent and 38 percent) for left-handed pitchers.KEVAN SMITH TO ILKevan Smith on Sunday was placed on the injured list for the third time this season, this time because of back spasms. The catcher had earlier suffered a concussion and a left hand metacarpal sprain.Related Articlescenter_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros The Angels recalled catcher Anthony Bemboom for the first time, and the 29-year-old entered Sunday’s game in the bottom of the eighth inning, after starting catcher Max Stassi came out of the game for a pinch hitter. Bemboom was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays on July 16, and he’d been at Salt Lake since then. Bemboom had two hits in five at-bats in his only previous big league game with the Rays. He was hitting .410 in his first 43 plate appearances at Salt Lake.ALSOThe Angels have listed TBA for Tuesday’s game against the Pirates, with Griffin Canning expected to come off the injured list to make that start. …Noé Ramírez pitched a scoreless inning for Class-A Inland Empire on Saturday night. He is scheduled for one more outing on Monday before being activated. Once he’s activated, he’ll serve his three-game suspension for hitting Jake Marisnick with a pitch. The Angels will have to go with 24 players for those three games. …Keynan Middleton faced four batters, striking out two and walking two, in his outing for Inland Empire on Saturday. Middleton, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, has a few more outings scheduled before being activated.UP NEXTAngels (LHP José Suarez, 2-3, 6.22) vs. Pirates (RHP Mitch Keller, 0-1, 10.50), 7:07 p.m., Fox Sports West Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

 

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