LOS ANGELES -- Before George Sherrill allowed two runs in the ninth inning of a blowout on Wednesday, he swore to Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt he wouldn't look at video again to try to correct his troubles.
Sherrill, re-signed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal this offseason after posting a 0.65 ERA in 30 games for the Dodgers in 2009, has a 9.00 ERA through 15 appearances. He's walked twice as many batters (12) as he's struck out (six).
On Wednesday night, after tossing his glove to a fan above the Dodgers dugout in frustration, he was back looking at the video again. For manager Joe Torre, that's a good thing.
"I go in there, I watch him sitting and talking to Rick, looking at video," Torre said. "He's still trying to figure it out. Am I losing confidence in the big picture? No. But right now, until he's sure what he can do out there, it's for me to be sure."
Sherrill thinks he's at least identified the problem this time, if not fixed it. To right-handers, he said, he's almost recoiling in his delivery by a hair, but he's following through as he should in his delivery to left-handers. It would make sense: Left-handers are hitting .182 off him, right-handers .462.
"It's something that's very small that's for some reason throwing everything off," Sherrill said.