Cards looking for quicker delivery from Siegrist

Reliever isn't able to stall opponents' running game this season

Cards looking for quicker delivery from Siegrist

ST. LOUIS -- Just a little more than a week after fixing the mechanics of his leg kick to improve the momentum of his delivery, Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist has been challenged by the staff to make another adjustment -- this one to stall the running game.

A day after Carlos Gomez swiped second and third off Siegrist to set up the Brewers' go-ahead run in the 12th inning en route to a 3-2 win, manager Mike Matheny reiterated the necessity of Siegrist being quicker to the plate in order to give his catcher a chance to throw out runners. Those adjustments, Matheny said, will need to happen immediately.

"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."

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.