Choate at a Loss to Explain His Slump

By Hummel, Rick | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), March 25, 2013 | Go to article overview

Choate at a Loss to Explain His Slump


Hummel, Rick, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


JUPITER, Fla. Backup catcher Rob Johnson made veteran lefthanded reliever Randy Choate smile late Saturday afternoon. Johnson told Choate it was a good thing that the latter's inability to get anybody out lately was happening in spring training rather than the regular season because then his regular season would be much better.

The facts are these: The 37-year-old Choate, who held lefthanded hitters to a .158 mark last season, was signed to a three-year contract by the Cardinals basically to get lefthanded hitters out. But, of the last six hitters he has faced five of them lefthanded hitters Choate has retired none of them, including allowing a two- run double Sunday to No. 95 of the New York Mets, Darrell Ceciliani.

"I just don't feel right," said Choate. "I felt pretty good today in the bullpen and then I throw a pitch that stays up and doesn't sink and the guy hits it in the gap.

"Yesterday, I couldn't even throw a fastball for a strike. I threw two good sliders and one fastball that almost went to the backstop."

It is disconcerting to Choate and, secondarily so, to manager Mike Matheny.

"Rightfully so," said Matheny. "We all want to do our jobs. And I want to see these guys do their jobs. When I see his frustration, I'm frustrated with him."

Choate said, "I'd just take getting somebody out, to get a little confidence going on. I know it works itself out, but it's just a frustrating process when you're trying to figure out what to do and how to feel comfortable throwing strikes.

"Right now, it doesn't matter if it's 95 or No. 15 or whoever. They're all having good at-bats and obviously I'm not doing something right. I'll just look at film and power through it."

Choate said he never had had a spell like this during the season but the good news was that there were no health issues.

"Everything's good," he said. "That's what probably makes it the most frustrating. You can't identify any one thing because you're not hurting.

"You don't want to say it's just spring training because spring training eventually runs out," said Choate.

Matheny said he had faith in Choate, just as he does in veteran infielder Ty Wigginton, who snapped a nothing-for-18 drought with a double Sunday.

"But we need (Choate) to go into the season with a little more confidence than he has right now," said Matheny. …

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