Erick Fedde gave up three hits, three walks, and two earned runs in six innings of labor on the mound in opposition to Miami final week within the nation’s capital, throwing 106 pitches to the 23 batters he confronted.
“I believed Fedde — apart from the walks — he hung in there and gave us six actually good innings, stored us within the sport,” skipper Davey Martinez stated after Washington’s 7-4 loss to their NL East rivals in Nationals Park.
Earlier than the outing, Fedde’s sixteenth (5-5, 4.29 ERA, 4.33 FIP, .249/.328/.382 line in opposition to in 79 2⁄3 IP), Martinez had reiterated the membership’s message for the 2014 1st Spherical choose this season.
“We inform him on a regular basis, you get forward of hitters, and the most important factor for him is to attempt to put hitters away in three or 4 pitches or much less. If he can try this, he goes deep in video games.
“His stuff is nice, and he has gotten higher, as everyone knows, so the most important factor for him is to attempt to get fast outs.”
Throwing 75 pitches (45 of them strikes, 60%) to twenty batters in three-plus innings of labor, wherein he gave up eight hits, three walks, and eight earned runs is certainly not what Fedde or his supervisor needed out of the 29-year-old starter’s outing in final night time’s collection opener in Atlanta.
He left the mound with two on and nobody out within the fourth, having given up three singles on three pitches and his eighth run of the night time.
“Couldn’t end hitters,” Martinez stated after what ended up a 12-2 loss in Truist Park.
“I imply, he had a — one inning he had 4 0-2 counts, and walked 4 guys, he simply couldn’t end hitters in the present day.”
Fedde solely walked three batters within the second, really, and solely two of them began in 0-2 counts, however he did quit a two-run double on an 0-2 pitch, and a three-run dwelling run after beginning up 0-2 within the at-bat, so Martinez’s level about failing to place hitters away nonetheless stands.
“You watch him and also you’re saying, ‘Okay, he’s 0-2,’ okay, I can see him attempt to get 3-4 pitches or much less, after he goes 2-2, you go, ‘Oh, boy.’ Then it’s 3-2, and a foul ball, then a foul ball, then it’s 4-2. We simply acquired to proceed to speak to him about, ‘You don’t need to be so effective once you’ve acquired two strikes, simply make a very good, aggressive pitch, and attempt to get them to swing, and there’s instances the place he’s completed that and was actually good at it.
“So, we acquired to proceed to speak to him and inform him, ‘Hey look, you bought to 0-2 for a motive, proper? However don’t give in, preserve attacking the strike zone and see what occurs.”
Martinez and his coaches have confused the identical messages with Fedde all alongside, so how do they get him to lastly change his strategy and observe their recommendation? What can he do?
“I feel he’s simply acquired to proceed, as soon as he will get forward, like I stated, he’s simply acquired to proceed to make the pitches. Typically I feel he’s attempting to overthrow pitches, attempting to get some swings and misses. Hey, 0-2, you’ve acquired the hitters on protection, I imply, simply assault such as you did when it was 0-0, to 0-1, to 0-2. However the free passes are going to get you, I say that on a regular basis, and he gave up plenty of free passes.”