Dodgers News: Joe Kelly Believes Ability To Command Fastball Was Key to Midseason Turnaround

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Dodgers News: Joe Kelly Believes Ability To Command Fastball Was Key to Midseason Turnaround
Dodgers News: Joe Kelly Believes Ability To Command Fastball Was Key to Midseason Turnaround

Joe Kelly's tenure on the Los Angeles Dodgers got off to a rocky start, struggling to command his electric mix of a fastball that can touch 100 mph and his breaking pitches. “Early on I was more changeup-usage, I would say. I couldn't get the fastball where I wanted it, let alone get it over the plate,” Kelly said. When Kelly did get his fastball over the plate, it usually wound up being a gift to hitters in the middle of the strike zone, according to pitch tracking data on FanGraphs.com. The result was an ERA over 10 by the first week of May, and continued struggles in high-leverage situations into mid-June. Since then, however, Kelly has steadily improved his performance, displaying the talent

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