Holland, who's retired only three of the past 14 batters he's faced, has been reviewing film of recent appearances and comparing them to those of past seasons in an effort to identify his deficiencies, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Hicks, who recorded two strikeouts over a scoreless eighth inning in an extra-inning loss to the Royals on Wednesday, intentionally focused on deploying his slider -- as opposed to his triple-digit sinker -- during the outing, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "That's my go-to strikeout pitch (and) it hasn't been there lately," Hicks said. "I'm not going to go out there and overthrow for 106 or something that's not going to happen. If I get a little extra and I feel like it, I'm going to go get it. If I don't, I won't."