"We're going to have to or we can't pitch him," Matheny said. "He's just long, that's it. Too long. We're not going to make overhauls because he made some overhauls that got his stuff right. I don't necessarily want to compromise those for the running game purpose. We have to be creative in how we do that."
Because of his naturally exaggerated leg kick, Siegrist has never been particularly quick with his motion home. It never emerged as much of a topic last year, however, because of how few hitters actually reached against Siegrist during his rookie season. The lefty went through 2013 allowing 17 hits and 18 walks over 39 2/3 innings. Opponents were 0-for-1 in stolen base attempts against him.
This season, in 30 innings entering Wednesday, Siegrist allowed five steals in six attempts.
"When you see a guy, like, 1.6, 1.7 [seconds to home plate] and you've got one of the fastest runners in the league, everybody knows I'm running," Gomez said. "You just play the game, and when they give me the opportunity [by] picking the leg up, I'm going."
"[Gomez] didn't even have great jumps and was still not giving [catcher] Yadi [Molina] a chance," Matheny said. "That's something that we can't do in those types of games, and I think [Tuesday] was a great reminder to our whole staff."
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