Roenicke made clear he disagreed with one of the persistent theories of Fiers' steady decline -- that his trademark deceptive delivery is less effective the more opponents see it.
"I just know, as a hitter, I know when there's deception there, that deception doesn't go away because you've seen a guy six times, nine times," Roenicke said. "Now, if you saw a guy 100 times, OK, I've got to believe that you're going to get used to that weird 'whatever' he's doing. But you don't see a guy enough at-bats to say, 'OK, I've got him now.'"
Roenicke used Angels right-hander Jered Weaver as an example. His velocity is down to 88-89 mph, Roenicke said, versus 92-95 mph when Weaver arrived in the Majors.
"Isn't he still a great pitcher?" Roenicke said. "And he's lost a lot of 'stuff,' but the deception is what bothers everybody."
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