Volstad's sinking feeling

After Tuesday’s 8-2 loss to the Red Sox, Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad talked about how his breaking pitches were off.

On Wednesday, pitching coach Mark Wiley offered another observation.

“It was his sinker more than his break ball,” Wiley said. “He’s got to get that sinker back. Everything comes off that for him.”

At 6-foot-8, Volstad is at his best when his two-seam fastball — or sinker — is breaking straight down. That’s been a key pitch for him. But an indication that his pitchers were flat, and the sinker wasn’t working, can be seen by the amount of ground ball to fly ball outs. In 3 2/3 innings, the Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., native had five fly ball outs and three groundball outs.

Wiley noted that Volstad’s curveball and changeup also were off at Fenway Park.

Volstad had his worst outing as a big leaguer, giving up eight runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. The right-hander next starts on Sunday against the Yankees at Land Shark Stadium.

— Joe Frisaro

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