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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-10-2007, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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MIAMI -- In reviewing his rough outing Sunday, Marlins closer Jorge Julio feels he has pinpointed some of his problems.

The hard-throwing right-hander watched the video of his one-third of an inning performance with pitching coach Rick Kranitz.

Julio says he is rushing his pitches and opening up, which is basically hurting his command along with showing the hitters what he is throwing.

"It's not working right now," Julio said. "I watched my video after the game yesterday, with the pitching coach, and I saw a different Jorge Julio than I saw before. I'm moving too fast when I'm on the mound right now. I have to slow down."

Julio entered in the ninth Sunday, trying to preserve a 6-4 lead against the Phillies. He threw 19 pitches, and allowed two hits and a walk in one-third of an inning.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez lifted Julio with the bases full, and Lee Gardner came in to close the door for his first big-league save.

Since he threw 31 pitches in the ninth inning on Saturday, and 19 more on Sunday, Julio was given a day off on Monday when the Marlins faced the Brewers.

Gonzalez is committed to giving Julio, who has already blown one save, more chances to close. And Tuesday night, if there is a save chance, Julio is expected to get the call.

Julio went into Gonzalez's office and told his manager that he is better than what's he's showing.

"We still have confidence in him," Gonzalez said.

Julio has 99 career saves, but none this season.

"I'm going to work in the bullpen," Julio said. "Sometimes I open [during his delivery], and I need to close more. I think the hitters are seeing the ball, and seeing my pitches. The hitter right now is seeing everything."
The Official Site of the Florida Marlins: Florida Marlins' News

Marlins closer uses video to pinpoint his problems
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-10-2007, 08:43 PM
 
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It's just a matter of time IMO beofre he is removed. He has struggled his entire career with his control and nothing seems to have changed so far. With Tankersly (sp) waiting to come back he may just be keeping his seat warm.
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Julio blew another one last night. i though this was a bad trade from the start.
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It's just a matter of time IMO beofre he is removed. He has struggled his entire career with his control and nothing seems to have changed so far. With Tankersly (sp) waiting to come back he may just be keeping his seat warm.

Sadly, they were thrilled about getting Julio because they thought he would be their answer for a closer and their answer for a veteran leader. Looks like they lost on both ends.
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