12-1…The Other Way

Okay, I’m not sure of the exact quote but I can’t stop thinking about Curt Schilling’s comments on his April 2nd outing vs. the Kansas City Royals in which he only threw 4 innings and was taken out of the game. It went something like, “I go out there trying to get at least 7 innings out of every start, and when I only go 5, that’s frustrating. Only going 4; that ***** something else.” He went on to state that, “As a starting pitcher, you can make your team look a lot worse than it really is sometimes and that day was today.”
2 IP, 5 hits, 6 runs, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 balk, 1 fielding error, and 1 HR. Stat of the night: 1 loss

I totally agree with you Curt Schilling.
But, if 4 ***** something else, then 2 probably isn?t fit for a public website.

Tonight was the definition of not having your stuff. The irony, though, (and of course, there has to be irony somewhere) is that warming up, in the bullpen pregame, I was dead on. Hitting spots, making the adjustments, doing the right things to prepare for a game. Tonight, I had a serious case of Inside The Lines syndrome. That means that pregame I do everything right and then once I get out there everything goes wrong.

The first inning wasn’t all that bad. I threw too many pitches and fell behind in the count frequently, but I did not allow myself to issue a walk and they beat me by manufacturing a run (thanks to a balk advancing the runner to 2nd base). It just wasn’t there in the second inning. Couldn’t find the strike zone and more importantly, could not make the adjustments. That’s the key to pitching.

Obviously, it’s not the start I was hoping for. ****, I was kind of looking to never have an outing like this. I’ve got my work cut out for me the rest of the season to put it behind me and start over in 5 games. I’ve got 5 games to reconfigure myself and make the changes that need to be made. Tomorrow morning it begins with a 10 am lift. Let me tell you, I’m through with that stuff. It’s all business now. **** if that is going to happen again. I may not throw perfect games every time out, but I do expect to be able to give 7 strong innings every time out there. I deserved that loss tonight. They may not have deserved a win, as I handed it to them, but they got one. This is part of the job though, you get the wins and you get the losses. And you usually get them because you earned them. Not going to do much sleeping tonight, but instead I will review the night and figure out what I can do to make sure it never happens again.

-Mike

6 Comments

Wow! That’s self-assessment folks. As a teacher, I love when students can understand what they’re strengths and weaknesses are and then go all on improving their weaknesses while taking advantage of their strengths. On the back of Mike’s baseball card, it says: strong work ethic. That says it all. You know it takes hard work Iverson. We’re not even talking about the game. We talking ’bouty practice. Great inight into the mind of a pitcher. I love it! Go get ’em Mike. We’re proud of you. I’m a very jealous brother.

I could not be more proud of you than I am at this very moment. Proud that you recognized your weaknesses, are working out the kinks and are putting that game behind you. It’s only one game in a long season and you have worked so hard to get to this point in your career. Go get ’em Mike. We’re proud of you. I’m a very lucky mother.

Hi Mike. I’m so glad to finally be able to get to your blog. All my future attempts have been for naught. Sorry your opening didn’t go the way you wanted. But it’s good to get it behind you and move forward. We’re so proud of you. Aunt Pat and Uncle A.C.

Hey mike, tough game but who doesn’t have them. The great ones learn from it and come back the next day and get right back at it. Good luck the rest of the way! Donnie P

Mike – They say “it’s not how many time you get knocked down, it’s how many times you get back up”. Looking forward to seeing you get back up on the 16th! Jeff

Its funny reading this reaction from a pitcher such as yourself Mike, and the pressure you both feel and have put on you. Comes from being a competitor I suppose, but when I (as a fan) see a pitching line such as the one above, I say to myself ‘better luck next time’.

Baseball is a game where even the very best of the best dont have it somedays, and are made to look bad. Ridding it from the memory is the key as you say.

Work hard and relax in equal measure and let your talent take you as far as you can go. Best of luck next time out.

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