Originally Posted by Mi_chief_fan
maturity issues, yes. Control? Nope. He's got everything in his arsenal to be a #1.
His control completely abandoned him until about July. Nobody's really sure why, but it came back just as quickly as it left him.
While he recovered, the 'stumble' has to be seen as something of a red flag due to the fact that nobody's really figured out where it came from. Was he hiding an injury? Pouting? The club gave the standard 'mechanics' answer, it sure seemed severe for a simple mechanics issue.
As an aside, I have a homerun ball he gave up on the back fields at spring training during his first major league spring training. It's sitting in my 2006 WS beer stein in my office. If he turns into a badass, it would be kinda interesting to get it singed; you can see the smear over the trademark and everything. The guy that hit it freakin' blasted it.