We have all seen a new and improved Huston Street since that sub-par outing in Atlanta. Since then Huston has made five appearances, 6 innings, 0 runs, 1 walk and 10 strikeouts with his ERA dropping from 4.91 to 3.70. There had to be a reason for this kind of turn around, I mean it wasn't just luck. Not only has Huston been shutdown in these last outings, but he recorded 4 saves of which 3 came against the Sox on three straight appearances.
Many on AN have stated at the beginning of the season that Huston didn't look good and that there was a noticeable decline in his velocity. I have found this excerpt from today's ESPN Buster Olney's Blog which quoted an email directly from Huston which stated:
• Huston Street racked up his 12th save in Oakland's victory Tuesday night. He has picked up some velocity since the beginning of the season, since making an adjustment in his delivery, which he explained in an e-mail: "From both my wind-up and the stretch I felt like my hands were getting to far away from my body. With men on base it's an easy correction: just come set with them tucked a little closer to my chest and a tick lower if possible.
"However from the wind-up the adjustment is a bit more conscious, as there is more movement in the process, and greater chance for other mechanical mistakes to interfere. The idea was that it allows me to be more true to the target, finishing toward my spot. From my arm angle, if my arms get too far from my body just before I break my hands, it cause me to act more like a swinging gate side to side. And while I do throw from a lower angle I still need to be moving toward the plate upon release to get the desired movement and velocity."
I though that was a great read an offered excellent insight into Huston's mechanics.
Question to AN: Now that this adjustment may make Huston a much more consistent and effective closer, do you all think that the A's will trade or extend Huston?