deutschland wrote:i watched a few innings of today's game and I have to say I was not impressed. his fastball was as straight as an arrow and he has no command of his offspeed stuff. he was between 95-97 early on but everyone was smacking him around. all they had to do was lay the bat over the plate for a line drive hit and all of his offspeed stuff was in the dirt. i thinl he was fortunate to avoid more damage as the game went on. only 1 frikkin K in 7 innings? he's just off right now. not sure what to do in the league I own him. i did use my #1 waiver on him but I don't think I can get anything for him in a trade. favorable matchups are coming up so I hope he can turn things around and build some trade value. I'm not confident in him at all at this point though.
That's exactly what I was thinking too, he isn't impressive. His curve was not working and he has no answer when it isn't. The guy still has pretty good stuff, but the whole dialing down the fastball crap needs to stop. His pithes all become harder to hit when his velocity is 98 MPH and over. There are three areas of concern:
1) His drop in velocity, whether it is due to physical wear and tear or a concious decision to dial down, isn't working. Will they unleash him, or can he recapture his speed?
2) He isn't mentally strong enough. He doesn't seem to be able to bear down and throw nasty stuff at any key points in a game, or even an AB. If he were less easy going he may be telling the coaches that he has to let if fly. Also there are lingering reports of him not being in th best shape coming into spring. Which could explain loss of velocity and control. He needs to want it more, pure and simple.
3) He has a very poor D behind him. Yesterday I saw an inning in which there was a blown suicide squeeze that Pudge (a shadow of what he once was) failed to pick up the ball-twice, allowing the runner to score. Next Rentoria muffs an exchange on a DP ball and a run scores. Seattle must have the easiest scorers in the league as neither play resulted in an error.
Good news is his velocity is returning, could be he is rounding into form or maybe they are letting him pitch. Maybe he will get angry at the losing and bring it to the mound. But his D is going to let him down a ton. Recommend: Sell why he still has brand name recongnition.