"I just don't feel good out there," John Maine said of his pitching thus far. "I'm trying to do something different mechanically every pitch. It's not working. I just feel terrible out there."
This is after pitching against the bloody Italian team, not the defending World Champions.
Now Maine isn't the ace, but he's one of the replacements for the top being consider once the truth finally comes out about Santana's elbow twinges.
You know what's happening on the Phillies? Hot Lips Hamels threw two scoreless innings in his Spring debut.
And look what else! The back end of the rotation, who may have been called upon again, once the truth finally comes out about Santana's elbow twinges, have all taken turns preparing to suck.
Fat Freddy has been virtually useless, Livan was good in his opener but then went on to cause as many concerns as the earlier start caused good feelings and Tim Redding is well, injured. Oh yeah, and The Afterthought Kid, Jon Niese is looking into cheap Buffalo rentals.
As the above-referenced blog points out, Pedro, who I advocated as far back as December for an invitation, is the logical solution and had better be so before the price tag just gets higher.
In his sole start so far, granted against the Orioles Pedro
gave up two runs, but that was due to a wind-blown pop up that landed in front of third baseman Miguel Tejada. Martinez struck out two the next inning and perhaps most importantly hit 91 mph on the radar gun. (Garcia has topped out at 87 mph).
Need we champion the maths on this one?
And wouldn't it be fitting, after an off season of correcting a lamentable bullpen, the staring pitching suddenly goes South.