Steel City shocker
Well, who could have ever seen this coming?
If there were only some way Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean could have been warned ahead of time.
If only there were symptoms, signals or other kinds of harbingers.
If only there were some way of telling that Todd Wellemeyer was going to get lit up like a Fourth of July fireworks display on Saturday in Pittsburgh, in his first road start since the last time he got lit up on the road in Arizona.
In case you weren’t following, Wellemeyer gave up six runs (all earned) on nine hits and three walk in three-plus innings of work. His road ERA jumped by a run and he entered with a 9.35 road ERA.
He gave up two more home runs, giving him a team-high 12 that he’s surrendered on the year. Nine of those 12 home runs … on the road. Before 12 of the 20 batters he faced Saturday reached base, opposing hitters already had a .400 OBP against him on the road.
And all of this leaves Bochy acting like some bewildered puppy.
“For some reason, he’s struggled on the road,” Bochy told the San Jose Mercury News. “It’s hard to figure out because he’s thrown so well at home.”
Oh, gee willikers! Maybe it’s because when Wellemeyer’s pitches miss their mark, those high fly balls in the outfield get caught at AT&T Park and fly over the wall just about everywhere else.
And now the Giants have to think about Wellemeyer’s next scheduled start, which is slated for Thursday afternoon against the hot-hitting Reds and their band-box ballpark.
Wellemeyer said: “I’m hoping that two good starts and one bad one doesn’t take me out of the rotation.”
ONE bad start!?!?
The Giants need to send Wellemeyer for an MRI on his head. Clearly he’s got some sort of post-traumatic syndrome.
Todd, have you forgotten the start in Arizona (5 ER, 3 HR in 5 IP) or the one in New York (4 ER, 5 BB in 4.1 IP) or the one in LA (7 ER, 3 HR in 4 IP).
Let’s hope Sabean and Bochy haven’t forgotten.