COTTS STILL STRUGGLING
It appears the Neal Cotts as a starter experiment has run its course. It ran off the course and into a big, blazing heap. After 6 AAA starts Cotts had an ERA of 7.33 and the league was hitting almost .300 against him.
I was never sure why the Cubs thought to try Cotts as a starter. It didn’t work on the South Side and Cotts has only 2 pitches.
So after the AAA All-Star break Cotts was moved back to the pen. He’s been much better in that role, with the league hitting only .174 against him. But he still has control issues with a K/BB ratio of 13/11 in his relief appearances. In total he’s k’d 33 while walking 26.
The hope for Cubs fans was that Cotts would go down and get it in gear so he could come back and help in the second half. That doesn’t seem likely at this point. And the Cubs still have bullpen issues that haven’t been addressed.
[tags]Cubs, Neal Cotts, MLB[/tags]