The need for speed

K's are down and walks are up as Bard struggles to find his killer fastball

Updated: May 24, 2012, 3:05 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- If you're wondering what happened to Daniel Bard's explosive fastball, the one that last season ranked second in the American League in average velocity (97.3 mph), you're not alone.

So is Bard.

On April 10, in Bard's first start of the season, he averaged 95 mph, topping out at 98. A month later, the numbers remained pretty close: On May 8, he averaged 94 and topped out at 97.

But in his last two starts, against the Phillies and Orioles, Bard's fastball has ...

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