March 21, 2012; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana (57) throws in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
MLB Network's spring series 30 Clubs In 30 Days resumes tonight with their episode on our New York Mets. Some notes on the episode are below and some choice quotes follow after the jump.
- Airs tonight at 8:00pm ET on MLB Network
- Larry Bowa and Al Leiter provide analysis
- John Smoltz goes one-on-one with Johan Santana.
- Interviews are featured with Wright, Bay, Davis, Parnell, Niese and Terry Collins.
- R.A. Dickey provides a tour of the Mets’ Spring Training facility
Johan Santana on his mechanics:
“Last year, I went through a lot and one of the things I didn’t want to change was my mechanics. I want to make sure that I land [in the] same spot, stay tall with my legs because that’s the key to throw a good changeup. When I throw my fastball, I want to make sure that [like] when I’m going to throw my changeup, it’s the same.”
Al Leiter on Bobby Parnell:
He’s been somewhat of a situation where you just go, ‘Wow! Here’s a guy that throws 95 to 100 mph. Boy, if he could ever put it all together.’ I see it put together this spring. When Bobby Parnell figures out that throwing an 83 mph curveball … early in the count [can be] very effective when you then go back to [throwing] 98[mph], I think that is a huge plus.
Jason Bay on his struggles:
“I think the biggest thing is I’ve never been a mechanical hitter. Then, all of a sudden the last year and a half, I kind of was. When you try to be mechanical, it’s almost like you take one bad swing and it’s like, ‘Ok, what happened?’ You’re trying to analyze it where it’s just not perfect.”
Bobby Parnell on developing his curveball:
“Last year at the end of the year, [Jason] Isringhausen, taught me the knuckle-curveball. It worked really well for me. I didn’t have a good feel for it at the end of the year, but it was a good speed change. So this year, the focus was coming in throwing it for first pitch strikes and then being able to bury it ahead in the count with two strikes.”
Terry Collins on the fences being moved in at Citi Field:
“When you’re run producers, a lot of times it gets in your head when you’re having a tough time hitting the ball out of the ballpark. … I think it’s gonna lift the confidence of our offensive players, especially Jason [Bay] and David [Wright], to be back and be the players we know they can be.”
Larry Bowa on Mike Pelfrey:
“The enigma for me is Mike Pelfrey. … In my opinion, this guy’s got too good stuff to be 7 and 13. … In my opinion, Mike Pelfrey got away from his four-seam fastball. This guy threw 95-mph, started going with a cutter, a two-seamer, the split-finger that is really non-existent when you bounce it. He used to have the fastball, the four-seamer, a big curveball and then put them away with the splitter.”