Tip Sheet: Pitchers Take Predictable Abuse After Abbreviated Spring Training | Jeff Gordon
Big league executives feared abbreviated spring training would leave starting pitchers vulnerable early in the season — and their fears have come true.
Cardinals pitcher Steven Matz isn’t the only one to suffer from his first start. Brewers ace Brandon Woodruff allowed seven runs on six hits, three walks and two hits in a 9-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
Like MLB.com reports he threw 40 pitches in the first inning and had three swings and misses. Of his first 17 pitches, only five were strikes.
“I don’t want to put anything on the shortened spring training,” Woodruff said. “Warming up before the game, I felt good.”
The wrong order was a common theme during opening weekend. Mariners pitcher Marco Gonzales, a former Cardinal, allowed six runs (but only two earned) in two innings Sunday in a 10-4 loss to the Twins.
He allowed six hits, including three home runs, and walked two. He started 1-0 on 10 of the 14 batters he faced and struggled to control his curveball.
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“He probably needs to move up the count as much as anyone,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “All of our guys are doing it, and just controlling the accounts, getting ahead in the accounts 0-0, 1-1, and we didn’t do that today.”
Royals starting pitcher Kris Bubic struck out two and allowed five runs on three hits and two walks Sunday in a 17-3 loss to the Guardians.
“It sets the tone for everything, getting ahead in the count,” Bubic said. “You are able to use every location. I didn’t use any sliders today. But I really didn’t feel like I had the chance to do it because I had my back against the wall right away. All self-inflicted, of course.”
Here are some of the other rocky starts to the first weekend of the season:
- Jose Berrios, Blue Jays: Retired one beat and allowed four runs on three hits, two walks, a slapped hitter and a wild pitch.
- Hyun Jin Ryu, Blue Jays: Allowed six runs on five hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings.
- Ian Anderson, Braves: Allowed five runs on three hits and five walks in 2 2/3 innings.
- Jose Urias, Dodgers: Allowed three runs on six hits and two walks in two innings.
- Kyle Freeland, Rockies: Allowed five runs on five hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings.
- Spencer Howard, Rangers: Allowed six runs on six hits – including four homers – in three innings.
- Brady Singer, Royals: Allowed four runs on six hits and one walk in three innings.
Here is what people write about Our National Pastime:
RJ Anderson, CBSSports.com: “Milwaukee remains the heavy favorite at NL Central. That doesn’t mean this weekend’s streak against the Cubs was easy to digest for Brewers fans, who had to watch their club lose a one-point game on Opening Day and then get blown up on Saturday. Fortunately, the Brew Crew edged out the Cubs for their first win on Sunday. The immediate road will become easier for the Brewers, who will wrap up a brief road trip with three games in Baltimore against the Orioles.
Jay Jaffe, Fan charts: “Judging by their 69-win projection and negligible chance of winning the World Series, the Pirates don’t have much to look forward to competitively in 2022. But opening day is a big deal nonetheless. moment of celebration and optimism, and Early Thursday afternoon, FanSided’s Robert Murray announced that the team had agreed to an eight-year, $70 million extension with third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes, the most biggest contract in the history of the Pirates. . . There is risk involved in any long-term agreement; the key is whether this risk is distributed fairly. Hayes, as a player five years from free agency and two years from refereeing eligibility, didn’t have a huge amount of influence here, and might have been better served going year round. year, especially in an organization that hasn’t consistently demonstrated a commitment to winning, to say the least. But if he and the Pirates wanted to make a positive statement about the team’s future, including the coming flurry of prospects such as Cruz, wide receiver Henry Davis (No. 22) and right-handed starter Roansy Contreras (No. ° 41), that’s a good start.”
Buster Olney, ESPN.com: “Heading into free agency this winter, having turned down the kind of Yankees contracts that most players dream of, he’s going to need all that insurance. Aaron Judge — at 6-foot-7 and 282 pounds, the tallest player in major league baseball history — is betting big on himself. . . The Yankees and Judge were nowhere near an agreement in their negotiations, sources say; in fact, they weren’t even really in the same financial universes. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Cashman described the Yankees’ extension of $213.5 million over seven years, or $30.5 million a year – and sources said the total package was about 60 to 70% of the range sought by the judge: $36 million in annual salary over a contract period of 9 or 10 years. When crafting their offer to Judge, industry sources say, the Yankees considered the contracts of the four highest-paid outfielders in the big league: Judge’s teammate Giancarlo Stanton signed his contract for 13 years and $325 million at age 25. Bryce Harper signed his 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies at age 23 — for an average annual salary slightly higher than Stanton’s, about $25.4 million a year.
Ben Carley, Baseball flyers: “The Padres” true the core is Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado, of course, and those two are locked in for what will be the rest of recorded history. But thanks in large part to AJ Preller’s affinity for rolling and trading — see Thursday’s opening day trade for Rogers — a solid Brothers contingency is likely entering its final (and in some cases, his first) season in San Diego. A solid 60% of the rotation can go through (Mike) Clevinger, (Joe) Musgrove and the recently acquired (Sean) Manaea. While the Padres have more depth here than most organizations (assuming MacKenzie Gore actually exists), they’ll still face a daunting challenge replacing all those weapons through what is now a pretty sterile farming system. Prominent relievers like (Taylor) Rogers, (Craig) Stammen and potentially (Nick) Martinez can also leave, cutting into one of San Diego’s biggest forces. And then there is the offense. Looks like (Wil) Myers has been on the West Coast since the first Bush administration, but the 31-year-old is finally set to be a free agent in October as his $20 million club option looks like an easy decline except one. spectacular rebound.
Anthony Castrovinc, MLB.com: “Ah, yes, how quickly the Braves fans who lamented the departure of (Freddie) Freeman have thrown those good memories in the trash now that (Matt) Olson is 8 for 14 with a dinger, two doubles and three walks. I can’t really blame them. Put yourself in Olson’s shoes. He was traded just three weeks before opening day and placed in the double pressure cooker both to play for his hometown team and to replace one of the game’s most beloved players. On his first weekend on the job, his new team unveiled a banner honoring the World Series he didn’t win and handed (almost) everyone an extremely garish ring he can’t wear. (and honestly, no one should wear it for long, because it can’t be good for finger ligaments). Yet all he did was show up and rake. And given Olson’s pedigree as a bona fide puncher who made the adjustment to lower his K-rate and transition from the cavernous Oakland Coliseum to a more palatable power rig in the drums, get used to it.
Luis Paez Pumar, The Defector: “I beg the angels, though: please don’t do this again. As depressing as it is to see (Shohei) Ohtani achieve one of the most incredible campaigns in the history of the sport as his team continued to lose games last season, it would be much worse to see the same thing happen. this time. No one really knew for sure that Ohtani was a legitimate baseball deity until last year, but now that we’ve all seen what he can do, it’s impossible not to expect more than 77. victories. Maybe it’s crazy to say this, but it feels like we’re of healthy and productive seasons from (Mike) Trout, (Anthony) Rendon, (Noah) Syndergaard and the rest of the Angel List. Because who knows how long Ohtani will be able to play at the level he is currently at? It would be such a shame if a player like him could never see the playoffs when his powers are at their peak.
“I felt good there. I felt like I was at home. A lot of people said, “Don’t look up. But I looked up as soon as I walked out. I wanted to take it all away and enjoy it. I felt really comfortable there. I’m really happy with today.”
Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene, after winning his major league debut.