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If memory serves, he has allowed baserunners every inning he has pitched so far, needing double plays to escape all three. Seemed to get squeezed a bit last night, even though the other pitchers were getting the low strike, and a few of the balls he has given up have been hard grounders that found a hole. Still, he also seems to be getting the ball up more than in previous years and has an ugly 2.33 WHIP. The reports of a shoulder problem have nothing to do with this, right? Nothing to worry about? 

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6 minutes ago, dan-O said:

I haven't heard about any shoulder problem. Link? He had a bit of an oblique issue in ST.

I'm always worried, but I'm not too concerned yet about him. His velocity is there, and he's getting ground balls. Some have found holes so far. But clearly, his command is not what we're used to seeing. Looks like he's trying to find his release a little bit. 

I think you are right, I meant oblique. Whatever it was that they held him out early on.

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Our team's margin of error for making the playoffs is small, so I'm only worried about Britton in the sense that we probably need him to come somewhat close to replicating last year. Not particularly worried about these first two outings. He didn't have as much spring practice as most of the pitchers, plus a few of those hits were the standard groundballs through the hole that sinkerballers are bound to give up every once in a while. 

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It's a good sign that "much shakier than usual" Britton has still given us three scoreless innings in high leverage situations.

I'm concerned, but not worried yet. He's still made the big pitches when he's had to.

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2 hours ago, RZNJ said:

Stuff looks the same. Inconsistent command.  Not worried 

This is me. Was I worried last night? You betcha. If Britton is still struggling with his command in two weeks then maybe a little, but for now, no.

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