Friday, September 9, 2011
Collins sees fouls as good sign for Pelfrey
By Matt Ehalt
All the balls the Nationals fouled off against Mike Pelfrey last time out tell Terry Collins everything he needs to know about his tall righty.
"You don't at this level foul off the number of pitches against a guy who doesn't have good stuff. You're facing a pitcher whose stuff's mediocre, you put the barrel on it," Collins said. "That tells me his stuff is real good."
In his last start against Washington, Pelfrey lasted just 4 2/3 innings. Collins said that the Nationals tired Pelfrey out with all their foul balls, but didn't think of that as a negative. Instead, he said that the hitters were getting just a piece of his pitches and fouling them back or in the dirt, as opposed to squaring them up and driving the ball.
"I told him the other day: 'Your stuff is there. Stay with it. Don't change anything. Because the moment you try to change something, those pitches are going to be balls instead of foul balls. And we're going to get ourselves in bad situations,'" Collins said.
Pelfrey, who started Friday night against Chicago, was 7-11 with a 4.68 ERA entering the game.