Sunday, June 17, 2007

Comeback Falls Short

Game Date: June 16, 2007
Marlins 9, Royals 8 / Box Score
WP: Vanden Hurk (2-2), LP: De La Rosa (4-7), SV: Gregg (11)
Royal Home Runs: Buck 2 (12)
Royals Record: 27-42

I didn't get a chance to see the game last night, so I can't offer any first hand analysis. I was watching my Blackberry closely though as the Royals made a run toward the end of the game.

After reading the account of the game in the Star this morning, I'm concerned about Jorge De La Rosa. If you look at his game log, you'll see a steady rise in his ERA starting in mid-May to the present. He hasn't won since May 13 and it's largely due to his poor performance. On June 10, he only went 3.2 innings against the Phillies before being removed. On June 5, he had a good game against the Indians. But on May 29 against the Orioles he gave up five earned runs in five innings. The outing before that, on May 24, he gave up nine earned runs in 4.1 innings against the Indians.

His problem has been his control. Last night he was "really wild right down the middle of the plate," according to Buddy Bell. In his other recent outings, he's been wild off the plate.

I don't mind having one struggling pitcher in the rotation if you think he can turn things around, but right now we have two. Scott Elarton isn't pitching well either. You can't go into 40% of your games with little or no chance to win and stay competitive. Hopefully Luke Hudson will be back soon. If not, we're going to have to look at other options.

How about John Buck? Two more home runs. He also drew a walk and scored three runs. I guess a little competition really is a good thing, huh?

This afternoon Brian Bannister (3-3, 2.91) goes against Scott Olsen (5-5, 4.81). Neither pitcher has ever pitched against the opposing team before.

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