- Aug 1, 2006
I've got more hope they can fix Lamet, but who knows. Last year's dalliance with Carlos Martinez was a reminder that these promising young pitchers can sometimes just get burned out of the league before they're 30.I hope they bring up Bear Claw this weekend. I was at his start on the 4th when he took a no-hitter into the 6th. He looked good-- not much velocity (around 91) but a lot of swings and misses on his slider. (I guess it was a slider? Maybe a curve? Was timed at around 77 mph consistently.) I could see why he probably wouldn't be able to get out major league hitters 2 or 3 times through the order but he could be decent for 2 or 3 innings if he is commanding his breaking ball. He went 6 IP, 1 hit, 2 walks, 2 runs, 10 Ks. 89 pitches, 56 strikes.
The only hit was a HR with 2 out in the 6th (hit very high but looked like about 370 feet to right center-- if so, it might have been catchable in Fenway.) The batter before the HR walked, after getting what looked like a generous ball called on a 2-2 count, then one that wasn't that close for ball 4. With a little more luck he could have gotten through the 6th without a run or even a hit.
He likely can't pitch again until Sunday, so they probably won't bring him up unless the staff is taxed and they need reinforcements by then. I was hoping they would have DFA'd Ort and brought up Bear Claw for Tuesday's game but it was not to be.
Really curious what Barraclough is doing differently though. He was mostly a fastball/slider guy in the majors. If they yanked him out of indy ball it makes me wonder if he's got some kind of new pitch, and they think it plays.