Remember, last year there was question as to whether Peavy or Eaton was better. I expect a good year from Eaton, this year. He's like Kerry Wood lite, more or less, to this point. Last year, he was fantastic in some starts, atrocious in others, for a mediocre overall performance.
Your wisemen don't know how it feels to be thick as a brick...
I saw the game. Overall, I'd say Adam Eaton did okay. He was hitting 93-94 mph with his fastball and, judging by the Ks, did a good job mixing his change-up and curveball with his heater. He was pulled in the 5th after a little rally by the Rockies, - a rally ignited by a Mark Loretta error. Like I said, he was okay today, but seemed to unravel after the Loretta error. Also, he might have tweaked his back a little bit in the 5th (I'm not sure since I was not really paying attention at that time). Lastly, Eaton had 100+ pitches at the time of his departure. If you're looking to pick him up, I say wait another start or so (this is coming from a Padres fan).
I saw most of the game. He had good stuff and pitched pretty well, he just threw to many pitches (108 when he was taken out). All and all it wasn't that bad for a game at Coors, but he needs to be more efficient if he ever wants to take a step up pitching wise.
hybrid wrote:I saw most of the game. He had good stuff and pitched pretty well, he just threw to many pitches (108 when he was taken out). All and all it wasn't that bad for a game at Coors, but he needs to be more efficient if he ever wants to take a step up pitching wise.
A couple of errors in an inning will force you to throw extra pitches. It will also force you to exert a lot more energy (mentally and physically) in order to get out of the jam.
The thing is, Eaton already has a good pitching coach. Darren Balsley has worked wonders with this staff since his promotion to the Padres. Balsley thinks highly of Eaton too (he thinks Eaton can be a 20-game winner), but as Padre fans know, Eaton's problems stem from mechanical issues. According to Eaton, he's been focusing on correcting the mechanical problems. I guess well just have to wait and see if he can follow through.