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.
"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."
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."