Peavy puts early focus on fastball command

Peavy puts early focus on fastball command

Peavy puts early focus on fastball command
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The side bullpen session Jake Peavy threw Friday morning was much like his Cactus League debut on Wednesday against the Brewers: pain-free and featuring pretty much all fastballs.

With five Cactus League starts remaining, Peavy wants to spend his early time focusing on location of his primary pitch.

"Fastball command is everything," Peavy said. "When you can throw your fastball where you know you are mechanically right, then everything for me feeds off that.

"I feel like for the first time in a long time, I feel like I got a chance. I'm not behind the eight ball starting. It's a great feeling. I feel blessed. I feel outstanding, I really do.

"I'm excited to throw more of the full arsenal on Monday and stretch it out a little bit. Maybe go a little bit harder than I went the other day."

Look for Peavy's repertoire to include more breaking balls during his home start against the A's. But even that approach will have a Spring Training feel to it.

Peavy might throw it behind in the count, where the situation doesn't call for an offspeed offering. He might throw them back-to-back, regardless of the game setup, to see if he can make corrections and adjustments with the pitches going game speed.

"Spring Training for me, it's about getting as good as I can get and as physically prepared as I can get to pitch in the regular season," Peavy said. "I'm going to do certain things. I don't care if the situation says Monday that I don't need to throw a slider right here. If I threw a bad one the previous pitch, I'll throw another one.

"If the guy is a great breaking ball hitter or if there are two guys on, I don't care. It's a great luxury to be able to have when you don't have to really grind it out and make the team and be results oriented. It helps you get better and work on stuff."