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Jim Leyland tells Brad Penny to pick up the pace

Sep 9, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

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Well, it was more a suggestion than an order, but Tigers manager Jim Leyland thinks Brad Penny should start working more quickly on the mound, MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports.

“I talked to him in Cleveland about maybe picking up the pace a little bit to see if it helps,” Leyland said. “If it doesn’t work, it’ll be my fault. I don’t know if that’s going to happen or not, because I don’t know once a guy gets out there if he can do it. But I think sometimes the longer you take before you throw it again, sometimes you outthink yourself. Get it back, look in for the sign and throw it.”

Penny has always been methodical on the mound, if not quite Trachselian, and he’s also really struggling at the moment, having given up 15 runs — 11 earned — in 10 innings over his last two starts.  He’s battling Rick Porcello for the fourth spot in Detroit’s postseason rotation, and he’s the definite underdog at the moment with his 9-10 record and 5.13 ERA.  Porcello is 2-0 with a 2.75 ERA in his last three starts, making him 13-8 with a 4.87 ERA for the season.

  1. hoopmatch - Sep 10, 2011 at 4:58 AM

    If I had a nickel for every time Penny took too long before getting off the dime and delivering the next pitch…

  2. Old Gator - Sep 10, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    I don’t blame Leyland. Old man like that, smokes like a Danakil Depression fumarole, every second is precious. If I were him, I’d make sure I had my estate in order before Penny’s next start.

  3. corecontrarian - Sep 10, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    As a Tigers season ticket holder, I can tell you the dude is slooooooow.

    Like “drama queen” slow.

    Like “hey do you know you have to throw another pitch?” slow.

    I don’t think it works for him.

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