Minor (4-7) has a 5.42 ERA this season after he allowed five runs in five innings at the Padres in his last outing. In his past 10 starts, he has a 7.33 ERA and .357 opponents’ average while allowing 85 hits, 12 home runs and 17 walks in 54 innings.
“I felt like I slightly changed some things and then (will) try to make better pitches and attack guys and throw better breaking pitches,” Minor said. “I have struggled a little bit lately because I feel like I’ve been trying to place them a little bit more instead of throwing. I think if I just take care of that then I can turn things around.”
Minor went 13-9 with a 3.21 ERA last season. He missed the start of the season after developing shoulder tendinitis in spring training. This came after urinary tract surgery prior to spring training. Minor is hoping to finish the season strong in his final eight or nine starts.
“It’s more about having the confidence,” Minor said. “I’ve talked to a lot of guys – teammates, coaches, family members – but it just comes down to me executing pitches. I think a lot of it has just been in my head, whether I should do this or that, the way I have been attacking hitters or throwing inside or what I should be doing. I think I should do my own thing. That’s what I did last year.”