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Hand struggles with mechanics, roughed up by Mets

Hand struggles with mechanics, roughed up by Mets

JUPITER, Fla. -- The life on the fastball was there, but the crispness of the offspeed pitches wasn't.

Brad Hand, who has enjoyed a strong Spring Training, was a bit off mechanically, and it ended up hurting him on Saturday in the Marlins' 10-2 loss to the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium.

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The left-hander gave up five runs in four innings, and he surrendered a two-run homer to Travis d'Arnaud and a three-run blast to Wilmer Flores.

"He was just a little bit up in the zone," manager Mike Redmond said. "Fell behind a few guys. Looked like he was fighting his curveball a little bit. You could tell he was trying to make the adjustment to get that thing down in the zone for a strike. It was just one of those days."

Until Saturday, Hand has had his share of good days this spring. He entered the game having walked two in eight innings. The lefty walked three against the Mets, and two of them scored on home runs.

"You've just got to forget about it as soon as possible," Hand said. "Monday, I'll throw one more bullpen [session]. Hopefully I'll get one more start, end strong and see what happens from there."

There is still uncertainty regarding Hand's status. The lefty is out of options, and he is in competition with Tom Koehler and Kevin Slowey for the fifth-starter's spot.

The Marlins may not be able to retain all three. Certainly, they can take two, with one being used in the bullpen as a spot starter or long reliever.

For Hand, Saturday was a day he was off with his mechanics, which led to him getting behind in counts.

"My stuff has been feeling good," Hand said. "I think today was just one of those days where something wasn't right. You just weren't clicking. Your mechanics were a little bit off, throwing everything off."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Less