Hinch advises catchers to 'mix it up'

Hinch advises catchers to 'mix it up'

PHOENIX -- As a former catcher, D-backs manager A.J. Hinch knows that the easiest way for a catcher to help a slumping pitching staff is to keep it simple.

His advice: Mix it up.

"You have to find ways to be creative and get the guys to dig a little deeper and find ways to get outs," he said. "The catchers wear it as much as the pitching staff when it comes to this type of performance. You stick with them and you try to put them in a good position to succeed. Maybe you go into an outing with a little bit different game plan. You mix it up and try to get creative is my suggestion for them. We are all trying to find a solution."

The bullpen's recent woes have been well-documented. The D-backs starters have been a little better. The pitchers are 2-5 with a 3.38 ERA with five quality starts in their past eight games.

"First, I do know that continuing to do the same thing and expecting change is probably a bad thing to do," Hinch said. "Secondly, being pessimistic and down and pouting about it isn't going to get us any better, either. Hopefully, our team has picked itself up from a bad night and a bad week and [Wednesday] could be the day that things begin to turn."