After another poor outing, Kirk Reuter is wondering why he’s struggling:
“I don’t know. Maybe the approach, the hitters. I don’t know. Got a two-run lead and they hit the ball, two home runs. Every ball seemed to drop right in.”
Hey Woody, it’s not your approach, it’s your ability. You are not as good as your record, and you never have been. You are, in fact, one of the luckiest pitchers in the history of baseball, and your success has almost always been determined by your teammates in the bullpen and your managers ability to know how far to allow you to go. Since your big contract two years ago, you’ve been exactly as you should be, an overpaid, mediocre lefty with essentially no stuff.
I mean, come on, let’s be honest. You have yet to have one outing this year in which you didn’t allow at least one earned run, and you’ve allowed more than 4 earned runs in 7 of your 14 starts. Without dependable 6th and 7th inning options for your manager, you’ve been unable to even sniff .500, which, given the enormous number of baserunners you allow, is hardly surprising.
The only real question anymore, is how long it takes for Sabean to admit his mistake in choosing you over Russ Ortiz or (shudder the thought) Livan Hernandez, as the one starting pitcher to keep in orange and black. Winning but 2 of 14 starts in 2005, after winning only 9 of 33 in ’04, is proof enough that your career is essentially over, something you and the Giants should begin discussing.
You’re a great guy, don’t get me wrong, but you have nothing to bring to the table anymore. Start thinking about life after being a player.