Before making his first big league start of the year Wednesday, right-hander
Tillman – who is 6 feet 5 – joked that the change was especially important for a "tall and goofy guy."
On Wednesday, the Orioles began to see the payoff as Tillman held a light-hitting
Tillman’s main switch is using his hands more to begin his motion, which he said sets up a steady tempo for the rest of his delivery. Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair has employed a similar tweak with other Orioles starters, including right-hander
"The hands kind of set up everything else. They kind of set up the rhythm for my delivery," Tillman said after Wednesday's game. "It was just tightening up my leg kick. Everything kind of comes together with my hands and my leg kick. It's come a long way."
"All the reports coming up were that he was throwing the ball real well out here," Wieters said. "I wanted to see what he was going to feature, so today was as good as I've seen him for a long time.
"When he have that curveball and be able to run the ball over the plate in the low to mid 90s, you have to pick one. You're not going to able hit both of them. Any time you can make a big league hitter have to pick one you have some good going."