back to back bad outings. yahoo news says maybe stiff back?
May 7 Hernandez turned in one of the worst performances of his career Friday, allowing eight runs -- seven earned -- in 3.1 innings. He walked four, struck out three and gave up three home runs.
Recommendation: Hernandez was wild early and loaded the bases in the first inning (two walks) with no outs. A double cleared the bases and later an unearned run scored on a sac fly. He then threw two perfect innings before imploding in the fourth. After a walk he gave up home runs to three of the next four batters. After another walk, his night was over. Perhaps Hernandez is still suffering from the stiff back that hurt him in his last outing. If not, then just chalk this one up to an ugly night.
anyone know for sure if it is still his back bothering him? should one be worried?
by jake_twothousandfive » Sat May 08, 2010 12:53 am
His command looks to be off. I didn't watch either of these starts but he's throwing more balls than you would typically expect and he's inducing far fewer ground balls than he has throughout his career. Both of which can be explained by back issues. I don't think there's any reason to worry yet.
"Don't take anything for granted, because tomorrow is not promised to any of us." ---Kirby Puckett
Back problem smack problem! nahhhhh thats not it. Mechanics off? nahhhhhh not that either. What the mariners and his agent don't want you to know is that I just traded for him hours before the game and there in lies the problem. Seriously though, I agree with the previous poster, that it is just his yearly 'cold streak' that he seems to go through every year so far in his career. At least that is what i am counting on.
Hernandez didn't have any back issues in Friday's awful start, but the team thinks there could be some mechanical problems that need to be fixed, the Seattle Times reports. Spin: Hernandez left his previous start early because of back stiffness. But that wasn't the cause of his trouble Friday. This time, he missed location too often, hanging his breaking ball and leaving his fastball up in the zone. Hernandez will get an extra day's rest with the off-day Monday to work through some of those mechanical issues.