The 2017 all-star has posted an inflated 6.75 ERA in 18 appearances since the Midsummer Classic. According to analyst and former MLB catcher Gregg Zaun, Osuna’s recent struggles may be due in part to his decision to get away from his fastball.
“I think Roberto Osuna tinkers too much,” Zaun said Monday in an appearance on Prime Time Sports. “I think he throws too many different types of pitches throughout a ball game. He’s lost his fastball, in my opinion, because he didn’t throw it enough. He fell in love with the cutter and like everyone else who falls in love with the cutter, except for Mariano Rivera, loses miles per hour and command on their fastball.
“At one point, he and I had a conversation and I told him, ‘Don’t worry about what the hitters are trying to do to you. Worry about what you want to do to them. Take that 95-97 mph down and away and dare them to string together three or four hits, maybe six depending on the cushion, and beat you. Every time you throw a breaking ball that doesn’t get where it needs to go, it’s way more hittable than 95 mph.”
Zaun also went on to discuss the state of catching at the MLB level, saying for the most part that it is “absolutely atrocious.”
Listen to the full segment below: