He’s been going through stretches where he smokes balls but they’re on the ground,” his manager, Davey Martinez, said after a 1 for 4 day for Soto at the plate in Wednesday’s game, which saw the outfielder send a grounder back to the mound to start an inning-ending 1-6-3 in his first at bat, “and they’re all over 100 MPH, and — but we try to tell him just stay through the ball a little longer, try to stay up the middle, use the left side of the field and you’ll start driving the ball.
But Erick Fedde told reporters after allowing just two hits in seven shutout innings against the New York Mets that he’s gaining confidence with every pitch in a season when he’s made the most of an opportunity to pitch regularly. Confidence is key going into every start, so probably starting with that, but it’s a lot easier to be confident and move well and have fun when things are going your way,” Fedde told reporters.
New research suggests humans can live up to 150 years. That means the 48-year-old Bartolo Colon, who pitched a complete-game, two-run gem Sunday for the Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League, is just getting started. Two struggling pitchers who are turning the corner meet Saturday in D.C. The Mets’ David Peterson (2-5, 5.60 ERA) one-hit the Cubs over six innings on Monday.