James Paxton was hit hard against the Astros during his last start, allowing five runs on eight hits (including two home runs to Jose Altuve) and three walks as his ERA for the season rose to 6.00.
Paxton, who threw 95 pitches in just 4.0 innings, revealed Sunday what was likely part of the reason why he struggled to get outs.
The left-hander told reporters that he was tipping his pitches against the Astros -- specifically his knuckle curve and specifically when runners were on second base, with Astros runners relaying the info to the hitters.
It was Yankees special advisor Carlos Beltran who noticed the issue and pointed it out to Paxton, who says he thinks he has fixed it.
Paxton added that he's also been putting pressure on himself since being traded to the Yankees, and that a discussion with his sports psychologist has helped.