Manager Fredi Gonzalez said one goal that Ricky Nolasco, who is expected to start against the Giants on Sunday, was asked to work on in his time at Triple A New Orleans was to use his fastball more often.
Gonzalez said Nolasco threw too many off-speed pitches with the Marlins this season before being sent down.
“The goal that [pitching coach] Mark [Wiley] wanted [Nolasco] to do was pitch more with his fastball instead of going to the cutter, the breaking ball,” Gonzalez said. “He did that his second start [in New Orleans].”
On Monday, Nolasco pitched seven innings, allowed six hits and one run. In his first start for the Zephyrs, Nolasco pitched eight innings, allowed six hits and three runs and struck out seven.
In his nine starts this season, Nolasco never got past the sixth inning.
Gonzalez thinks earlier this season Nolasco was relying too much on his off-speed pitches and fell behind batters. The league hit .344 against Nolasco.
“I think [throwing too many off-speed pitches] got him in trouble,” Gonzalez said. “I don’t know if I would say too much [trouble] but I think that got him behind in the count with it.”