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Josh Schmidt: Consistency of Control

Schmidt is trying to be too perfect

Not many pitchers dominate a league quite like Josh Schmidt handcuffed the NY-Penn League in 2005 while closing for the Staten Island Yankees. In 2006 however, after skipping one level of minor league baseball, Schmidt hasn't had the same degree of success in Tampa. Consistency of his control, and a mere three or four inches at times, has been the biggest difference in the results.

"It's had it's ups and downs," Josh Schmidt said of his 2006 season. "You know, I obviously haven't pitched as well as I wanted to personally. I struggled early on, then I thought I hit my stride when we came back from [the All-Star] break, but then I struggled again, had a couple of bad outings early, but the team has improved the whole season." "We got over .500 and now we're fighting for...

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