"I got out of the little funk I was in, some mechanical flaws, if you will, that had taken over my game," he said Friday. "You have one good game, and it's like, 'OK, I had a good game.' Two in a row, OK. Three in a row, OK. Hopefully, we got it.
"I definitely feel more like the pitcher I know I am, not the guy I had been this year," he said. "It's a real good feeling to go out there and throw the baseball and feel like I was in command."
What's been a surprise for Straily is that his velocity has increased since Spring Training. At the beginning of the year, his fastball was clocked in the mid-80s. Now, it's 87-92 mph.
"It's nice to know I have it back there again," he said of his velocity.
He was 10-8 with a 3.96 ERA in 27 starts with the Athletics last season, but was 1-2 with a 4.93 ERA this season. He also has made 10 starts at Triple-A Sacramento.
Iowa pitching coach Bruce Walton, Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio and others have studied Straily's mechanics and combined to make some minor changes. The right-hander feels good about where he is.
"Maybe this whole change-of-scenery thing is what it's made out to be," he said. "Maybe that's all it is."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.