Cards07Champs wrote:That said, it was the pressure of the 9th that made him crater last time.
It is quite a stretch to draw any conclusions based on one inning pitched. It is very strange to read stuff like this. ONE bad inning means he cratered?
How do you explain the ONLY
other time this season where he let up more than one run (May 18th in a non-save situation)? He gave up 2 runs and totally cratered, proving he can't handle the pressure of pitching in the 6th inning with his team losing by 5 runs?
Or maybe he officially cratered on April 14th, 8 days after his one and only blown save, when he gave up 1 hit, 1 BB and 1 R in 1.2IP of a close game, leaving the game with his team still in the lead, and recording a hold?
There is simply no real evidence that the reason he performed poorly in his first appearance of the year was because of "the pressure of the 9th" inning. Maybe it was jitters because of the situation, sure. Maybe it was because it was his first inning of the year, and he was a little off. Maybe it was a randomly bad inning, which most pitchers have, and everyone drew way too many conclusions based on it.