New Zealand Fan wrote:Conner wrote:
How is he "Very lucky to get out of that game without a loss."?
He gave up 1 run in 5 innings.
He was pretty unlucky to not be in line for a win, with that offense behind him...
The Rays left 12 guys on base in the first two innings alone. That's not altogether good pitching and poor hitting, there's a large degree of luck in there as well.
With 8 hits and 2 walks in just 5 innings of work he was damn lucky to only give up 1 ER.
His control last year WAS VERY POOR. True, he was far batter in his season debut but his control again tonite was not good. He got behind a lot of hitters but was fortunate to make decent pitches when he needed to. It remains to be seen whether his control improves this season but I would doubt it improves greatly.
Last season was his first season back from Tommy John surgery. Don't base your entire assessment on those numbers.