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.