Season: 51-59; Road Trip: 3-3; Bulls v. Tides: 6-6; Standings
In spite of giving up 6 runs in the first ⅔ of the 1st inning, the Bulls actually had a clear shot at tying or going ahead in the top of the 9th. They were only one run down with runners on first and third when the final out was made. In fact, they had a very good overall game scoring 7 runs on 15 hits.
If there was ever a clearer example of just how much the lack of starting pitching has hurt the Bulls this year, I don’t know what it would be. The 1st inning tells the tale of the 2012 Bulls. The starting pitching put the team into a hole they simply could not dig themselves out of.
More specifically, Alexander Torres is not a good pitcher and has not been all year. It has me wondering about why the Rays are inflicting this on us Bulls fans. In his last five starts Mr. Torres has only gotten through a total of 13 innings. He’s given up 20 earned runs on 17 hits, 16 walks, 1 hit batsman, 2 home runs, for a stunning ERA of 13.85. The Bulls have ended up losing four of those five games. Torres was charged with the loss in three.
Last night he left the game after two outs in the first inning. He’d given up three hits (two doubles and a single), hit one batter, walked three. Five runs had scored and there were two runners on when he was pulled for Matt Torra. One of those runners scored.
Any Bulls fan has seen plenty of pitchers who weren’t quite ready for either AAA or the major leagues, but I don’t think we’ve had to suffer through anything quite like this. Does he have an upside? Should he be pitching anywhere, for example A or AA? I don’t know. But here’s what I do know. I don’t have to go to a game that Mr. Torres starts. I don’t have to listen to a game that he starts.
I know that the purpose of the minor leagues is player development, but I’m not quite sure what is being served by the pain we are watching/listening to here. Surely Mr. Torres has some potential. He would not be here otherwise. But for those of us who enjoy watching good baseball (and for those who are rightfully proud of the way they play baseball), surely it is time for him to try either a different team or a different profession.
Outside the game —
- Starting pitcher trivia: This year the Bulls have had nine games when the starting pitcher lasted two innings or less. They lost seven of those nine games and the two games they won were oddities when the starting pitcher was a reliever on the front end of a “committee” game.
- So far rehabbing Even Longoria is 1 for 9 with a sac fly, 3 walks, and 2 Ks over three games at DH.