Gardenhire: Marquis needs to speed up

Gardenhire: Marquis needs to speed up

Gardenhire: Marquis needs to speed up
MILWAUKEE -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire met with right-hander Jason Marquis about picking up the pace during his next start against the Brewers on Sunday.

Marquis has been deliberate while on the mound this season, averaging 24.2 seconds in between pitches, according to FanGraphs.com. For comparison, it has been a much slower pace with other Twins starters, such as P.J. Walters (20.2 seconds), Scott Diamond (20.6), Carl Pavano (20.8) and Nick Blackburn (20.1).

"We talked about picking up the pace," Gardenhire said. "He's open to suggestions right now. He's going through a tough period. [Pitching coach Rick] Anderson and him watched some video. And he threw a nice bullpen where he picked up the pace to see how that feels. But he has to take it on the mound. We can talk about all we want."

Marquis, a 13-year veteran, has struggled so far this season with a 6.68 ERA in six starts. His pace isn't too far off his average of 22 seconds between pitches over the last five years, but he's willing to make changes.

"Right now, he's going through a tough time and searching for some answers," Gardenhire said. "And at the same time, we're letting him know what we think and what we see. It's something we've been successful with, getting the ball and getting on the mound and keeping everybody in the game."