Re: I've said it before
posted at 5/9/2013 1:28 PM EDT
I'm not ready to give up on him, but I've never been as high on him as others. When he's on, he's had good stuff, but the results never have been consistent.
His ERA, albeit small sample, was 4.32 when he came up in 2010 -- respectable but nothing to wow you over. He started three times and only one could be considered a good start -- 5.2, 2 ER. The others were mediocre -- 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 4.2 IP, 2 ER.
Last year was mixed. Until his last two starts when he went seven innings each time, he only finished seven innings once in the first 27 starts and pitched into the seventh just five other times. He started strong (3.75 ERA through his first 11 starts) and ended strong (3.08 ERA i his last four starts. But in the middle 14 starts, he had an ERA of 6.47.
But my biggest problem with him is that in two of the last three years, he showed up out of shape. He seems to have become a 'fatcat' before he accomplished anything. Once -- OK, fine, he had growing up to do. But a second time in three years. At least Beckett waited until he had some great seasons and won a couple of World Series before he became a "fatcat."
Pitchers don't have to look buff to be in shape. It's not how they look, which is why I don't like when someone looks at a pitcher and says they're out of shape. It's a matter of how strong their legs are and their arms.
And that could be Doubront's problems. If the legs aren't strong, it could be a reason why he's losing his fastball.
I'm more pizzed at him than I ever was at Beckett. Beckett might not have accomplished everything he could have because of his work ethic, but at least he had some great years. Doubront seems to be squandering that talent now because his lack of work ethic.