For nearly his entire career, the only thing keeping Andy Oliver from being a successful Major League pitcher is control. This struggle continued early this season, as he walked 10 hitters in his first eight game, including five in his first two appearances.

After starting the season in relief, Oliver has finally settled into a role that has treated him well as of late. Since moving into the closer role on May 29, Oliver has seen a drastic improvement in command, except for one outing.

“Andy has been doing the job pretty much the whole year,” Indianapolis pitching coach Tom Filer said. “Just lately, he has really ratcheted it up. He has really been a force out there. It seems like there have been more strikes and quality strikes. He’s getting ahead and doing the things that he needs ...

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