David Aardsma has actually been a little better this year than he was in the last. He's thrown more strikes, he's gotten ahead more often, and he's gotten to two strikes more often. The only negative? Fly ball regression. And then fly ball over-regression. It's silly, of course, to make too much of the fact that he's allowed three home runs, since three is a small number, but this just goes to prove that Aardsma's a guy who's always going to live on the edge. Sometimes Kendrick's fly ball bounces off the top of the wall. And sometimes it lands in the front row.
Aardsma's a good reliever. But he is never - never - going to be comfortable with a narrow lead. While that high fastball of his strikes out a lot of batters, he's always one pitch from disaster.