HasteTheDay wrote:The fastball is coming... it slowing IS coming. You just don't drop off 5-8 MPH off your fastball at the age in your early 20's. He's never thrown over 200 innings in his early career, so no saying he was overworked. It's impossible to defend Oliver, because his numbers don't lie. He feels great though. I don't blame anyone for dropping him though. The fact that he plays for the Pirates just makes it easier. He IS going to get better, the K's will pile, and less batters will reach.... as far as the wins go, i'd be suprised if he piled up more then 5.
Sure it does, it can happen for several reason but pitchers can lose velocity in their early 20's. The 200 IP limit isn't a magical number where you have to watch out for, he pitched 196 innings a few years ago ... not to mention he had to throw more then most due to his walks/pitch count. He doesn't have the smoothest/most repeatable delivery either. There isn't an exact science to say what officially made his velocity go down, and there is nothing either to say it will go back up. I appreaciate you standing next to him through all this, but nothing you have said makes any argument towards him getting better. A guy can say he feels great and still just not have what he used to.