The Mets took Phillies rookie B.J. Rosenberg to school last night as they roughed him up for 4 runs in the 10th inning. The Mets went on to win and Rosenberg went back to the clubhouse sporting a 12.66 ERA.
As he entered the clubhouse, Rosenberg must have been given a “Baseball for Dummies” book as a gift. Because in his post-game comments, he told reporters, “Everything was up. It’s pretty simple, you make really bad pitches to good hitters and you’re going to get in trouble.” So it has taken 5 years in the minors, 13 games and 15 earned runs allowed in the majors and a beating by the Mets to figure that out? I really hope he reads the entire book…
Ok, I am picking on the poor kid, I know. He is still learning. But in the meantime, it is frustrating to see a kid with a 95mph fastball tossing it right over the middle of the plate when he knows better.
Vance Worley had a lot of trouble too, allowing 4 runs in only 4 1/3 innings. Why is Worley still pitching? He has bone chips in his elbow and needs surgery. Why not shut him down and get him healthy for next year. Because he is not helping the team right now.
Worley says the elbow is not the issue, but can that really be true? Anyone who has ever had an injury of any kind knows that if you play through it, you will inevitably compensate for that injury in some way. If my right knee hurts, I lean more on my left knee, even though I know in a week or so my left knee is going to hurt as a result. The only other option is not walking, which is not really a realistic option. But it is worse with pitchers because when they compensate, they develop bad habits which can lead to new injuries like shoulder soreness.
Logic then tells us, get Worley off the mound…now. Of course, I am not the GM so all I can give is my opinion. Maybe the Phillies need a new book too. Has anyone yet written, “How Not to Destroy a MLB Pitcher for Next Season for Dummies?”
So despite the Phillies starting this game with a Grand Slam from Ryan Howard and later, a home run from Chase Utley, they lost it 9-5 in 10 innings.
Now who will be the Mets next victim? That’s right…another rookie fresh out of Triple-A. Because Cole Hamels has a tummy ache (officially a “gastrointestinal illness”), Tyler Cloyd will make his major league debut tonight at 7:05pm.
Cloyd, named the International League’s best pitcher of the year, had a 12-1 record with a 2.35 ERA in Triple-A this year and a 1.80 ERA in Double-A over 4 games. Despite all the hype, many “experts” say Cloyd does not have major-league stuff. Well, we will find out tonight I suppose…best of luck to the kid!
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