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Hellickson Falters In The Sixth, Rays Lose 10-1 tags: Tampa, Rays, Hellickson, meditation, affirmations, Joe Maddon
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June 14, 2013
By Don White
I could see it on his face as I watched the Rays game last night on television from my office in Orlando.
Manager Joe Maddon is worried about his pitcher who was “Rookie of The Year” three years ago. Has he lost it? How can we “rehabilitate” or help him?
At home before going to bed repeat some positive affirmations and visualize the great moments of when you pitched…
Visualize your success, and when in the top of the fifth or sixth in the next game it will sustain your momentum and help you get through the entire game relatively unscathed.
Visualize the intensity with which you threw that first year that netted you victories and a lot of strikeouts.
YOU, JEREMY, CAN TURN THIS AROUND, AND FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR CAREER AND THE TEAM YOU MUST!
Hellickson is a calm-manered man, self assured with plenty of reason to be so. He doesn’t want to lose that feeling, but to add some excitement and anticipation of going 9 full innings and pitching flawless, winning baseball the entire game every outing.
Do you think Justin Verlander can just throw his glove on the mound and claim victory each time. No, he has to win each victory, one at a time. One inning at a time. One pitch at a time. And sometimes, even in the life of this great no-hitter pitcher, the road is rocky. Always will be.
Helicksen is not known to have the greatest stuff or to be even as fast as a few of those on the team who throw 97-mph fastballs.
|Former Tampa pitcher James Shields who played for Tampa last year and
was given a warm recognition by Rays fans during last nights game.
It’s now time for Jeremy to go to work and to put in extra hours of hard work developing a better, low-down, slider and/or curveball that virtually bounces off the ground each time. He needs to work on it. How do you think James Shields got to be so good? It’s his low stuff, especially those pitches that literally fall off almost into the ground four feet in front of the plate. Hitters go for it, but can’t control their bats at the end when the ball dropps two feet almost to ground level.
That’s the only advice I have for the Rays this morning. Good luck to Tampa in winning the next Kansas City game.
Here is what Wikipedia had on Hellickson which is quite complimentary. He’s a great young man.
Jeremy HellicksonFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hellickson was drafted by Tampa Bay in the fourth round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft. Baseball America rated him as the 18th best prospect in all of baseball going into the 2010 season. He was selected to play in the 2010 All-Star Futures Game and was the starting pitcher for U.S. team.
On August 2, 2010, Hellickson made his major league debut against Minnesota Twins. During his debut, he held the Twins to two runs over seven innings. He struck out six while walking two. He was optioned back to Triple-A Durham after the start.
He was once again recalled to the majors on August 10 to take the spot of Wade Davis in the rotation. He made his second career start that day against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park, earning his second career victory after pitching seven shutout innings with three hits, seven strikeouts and no walks as the Rays won 8–0.
On August 21, 2010, Hellickson was optioned to High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs to work on moving to the bullpen. He was recalled to Tampa Bay on September 1 and made his first appearance out of the bullpen on September 4, pitching 1 and 2/3 innings giving up 2 runs.
Hellickson began the 2011 season as the Rays fifth starter. On May 13, he threw his first complete game, earning a 3–0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Following the season, Hellickson earned the 2011 American League MLB Rookie of the Year Award. He was named the Rays third starter for the 2012 season and pitched 8 2/3 shutout innings against the New York Yankees on April 8, 2012.
Hellickson was the losing pitcher in Félix Hernández’s perfect game on August 15, 2012. He still had a quality start in the game, allowing one run and five hits over seven innings to the Seattle Mariners.
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