Arrieta on his outing

Orioles starter Jake Arrieta was pleased with Monday’s outing against the Pirates, which was his third start this spring. Arrieta allowed two runs on eight hits and struck out six over four innings. His command was exceptional, with 49 of 67 pitches for strikes.

Here’s what he had to say:

[on his start overall]
“I thought it was a really positive outing. A ton of strikes. I felt comfortable with all my pitches, my depth on the breaking was very good, same thing with the slider. My changeup is coming along. I don’t think I could be happier with the progress up to this point.

I’m continuing to get comfortable with the sinker in the zone. It’s a pitch that runs away from me at times, and I just have got to maintain my delivery as best I can to keep that in the zone.”

[on whether he had the best breaking stuff of the spring]
“Absolutely. It’s a process. Those kinds of things come along as the spring wears on. Right now I am extremely comfortable with all of my pitches. The command of my fastball was there today. Tempo and delivery felt really good, I couldn’t ask for more at this point.”

[on evaluating his final line]
“I don’t really look at the results all that much. One thing that I do look at is walks. If I can limit the walks, those base hits scattered throughout there aren’t going to hurt as bad. That’s a big key for me as well as the rest of our staff. If we can limit the free passes and if they happen to scatter some hits in there, the free passes you don’t allow keep you in the ballgame.

That was a good indication of what happened today.  No free passes, although they had eight hits, there weren’t many guys on base when they were getting those hits. Just limit the walks and continue to pound the zone.”
[on whether adjusting his stride has helped his command]
“That was a lot of it, but another part was just being more aggressive and not giving these hitters as much credit as I was when I got called up last year. Just attacking them right off the bat, 0-0, going at them instead of trying to nitpick, be on the corners and end up falling behind. I have really been able to continue to tell myself just be aggressive attack these guys, not try to do too much and  trying to stay smooth and easy in my delivery. When you do that it is a lot easier for me to throw strikes.”
[what he’s working on for next time]
“I think the pitch I am most concerned about working on now is the changeup. Maintaining the arm speed and trying to simulate a fastball on that pitch to keep those guys off balance I threw a couple good ones to Alvarez today for the strikeouts, just continue to work on that and with everything else, just continue to get better.” 

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