SAN DIEGO -- Sometimes the slightest alteration can make a huge difference. That's certainly the case with Padres starting pitcher Dustin Moseley.
Moseley recently changed his grip on his changeup because he wasn't getting the results with it.
"My middle finger was really dominating the ball, so changeups were coming out of my hand at 84 [mph], 85 sometimes," Moseley said. "With that kind of pitch, that's something you want small contact or a swing-and-miss pitch if it's put in a good location. I just wanted to take some speed off of it, and so I just moved it over into my ring finger and pinkie a little bit more."
Moseley first tested the new grip in the Padres' 3-1 loss to the Cardinals on Monday. The right-hander went seven innings and allowed one run on five hits.
The lone run Moseley surrendered was a homer by All-Star first baseman Albert Pujols.
"He used [his changeup] a lot," Padres catcher Rob Johnson said after Monday's game. "It was very effective for him tonight. He got a lot of ground balls, early swings on it. He did a tremendous job of keeping them off balance."
Moseley said he was pleased with the early results, but that the work can't stop there.
"The ones in the previous starts were just getting hammered, and yesterday I was getting some bad swings and some swing-throughs and some popups," Moseley said. "Last night was good. I'm going to keep working on it."