PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies right-hander Michael Schwimer surrendered a home run to J.J. Hardy on June 8 in Baltimore.
The next afternoon, he got an overhaul.
Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee essentially changed everything for Schwimer. He changed his lower body mechanics, the angle of his shoulders and the grip of his slider.
"People don't understand how huge of a change that is," Schwimer said.
It seems to have worked. In 19 1/3 innings over 20 relief appearances since Dubee worked with Schwimer in the bullpen, he is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA. He has allowed 13 hits, four earned runs and nine walks while striking out 23.
Opponents have hit .200 against him.
"It just kind of clicked for me," Schwimer said. "I'm still not where I need to be yet -- I still have a long way to go -- but I'm definitely on the right path. I've been having a lot of success. I feel the confidence is there. I feel if I execute my pitches, the hitters don't stand a chance. I didn't think that before. That comes with getting people out obviously."
Said Dubee: "That was kind of a knock-down, drag-out day."
Dubee said it was either make the changes or enjoy Triple-A. Schwimer made the changes. And now he's enjoying the big leagues a little more.