Gagne will be fine so stop
posted at 8/18/2007 2:28 PM EDT
"Gagme had not pitched well in July for Texas . a 4.35 era and getting hit pretty hard."
His ERA with Texas was not 4.35. It was 2.16.
His ERA in July was 4.35, which is lower than Papelbon's was in July (4.70). Would you say Ppalebon was "getting hit pretty hard"? If so, all the more reason to get Gagne or some form of bullpen help, right?
Gagne threw 10.1IP in July and allowed 5ER all month. Of the 5ER he allowed in July, 3 of them came on one swing from Richie Sexon on July 23rd. During the rest of the month, he only allowed 2 more earned runs. In 7 of his 10 July outings for Texas, he did not allow a hit, and in 6 of those, he didn't walk a batter either. Six times out of ten it was 3 up, 3 down. Yeah, he was getting hammered.
Put Gagme on the DL and bring up Clay. Problem solved.
Not the worst solution. In fact, even the 15 day DL gets you to September.
At best he could be used as middle relief and he won't be happy with that . Do we really want an unhappy fireballer in the pen with no fire ?? I say we cut our losses , move on and win this thing.
Gagne has earned th e right not to pitch in key situations. If he has a problem with that, it is his option to pitch himself backinto the manager's good graces.
And if he pitches himself off any post-season roster, oh well.
But if he is a Type A free agent after this season, you hold on to him until he files and hope he doesn't accept arbitration...