posted at 5/8/2012 8:00 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Buchholz
[QUOTE]Yepper. I see them giving him one more start with a VERY short hook. If we see more of the same garbage, he'll be yanked and DL'd with some imagined ailment or another. Then the obligatory minor league rehab stint. Oh...you are 100% correct on his skinny frame Pete. One wonders just how much off season conditioning he did, and how much he's hitting the weights now. The man needs 30lbs added to that anorexic frame....has anyone on the strength/conditioning staff bothered to notice? Have they tried to work on it, and he's not cooperative? Very frustrated and disappointed with Clay. In Response to Re: Buchholz :
Posted by Teakus[/QUOTE]It may not be an imagined trip to the DL. Many times when pitchers struggle it is because their mechanics are all messed up trying to work around nagging injuries.
Having watched the Dodgers trade Pedro Martinez for Delino DeShields I must confess I am not quick to buy into a guy being too slight. It would be different if Clay's struggles were 170 IP into the season but he has come out of the gate with real control issues and IMHO it is control versus command. Clay is missing his spots by a lot as witnessed by the usually high numbers in BB and HR. Sme guys are very lean and while it may mean that he won't pitch into his late 30's, his current issues aren't the fact that he isn't a "big framed" man IMHO.
It isn't like the RS are busting at the seams right now with lots of options (Cook's quick trip the DL doesn't help).
I would think if the BP isn't overworked come Clay's next start and he is having a decent game ater 75 pitches that while it may be unconventional that the RS should give him an early hook and let him build on the start.
BV has used his starters to point of failure a lot so far this season. I don't blame him, the BP was awful early and he was sorting through who could do what (Bailey's injury and Melancon's implosions surely contributed to that). After all this is a very different BP than what BV thought he was going to have just 2 weeks before the season started. But right now he should approach Buchholz like it is late spring training.
Lot of money tied up there, not a lot of other compelling options and while Clay's resume as an MLB pitcher isn't deep, when he is on the young man has 3 pitches when commanded and used together give him above average stuff IMHO.
It has been a dark 50 or so games going back to September of 2011 but the RS need to approach each move they make with player personnel with deliberation. Fans have the luxury of talking about the roster as though it was fantasy baseball/ But blowing up this team is a bad option because based on the minor league system and contractual obligations the RS currently have it could be 5 to 7 years to rebuild to where they are a contender in the AL again.
Something is not right though and the numbers are so bad at some point it doesn't do player or the RS any good to let hip go out and give up a hit and walk per inning and a HR every 3 innings. Those are roughly his current numbers.