PRIOR ROCKED AGAIN
I suppose [tag]Mark Prior[/tag] and Kerry Wood could find the good in Darfur. Prior had this to say about his performance on Saturday, in which he allowed four runs on four hits and three walks in two innings:
“I didn’t like the way I threw but there were some positive things out of it,” Prior said. “I was a little better out of the windup. [Pitching from the] stretch is still an issue. I’ve got some issues. Now I have to work on my curveball a little. I really haven’t thrown a whole lot of them on the side.”
Hey!! Our number one draft pick, the guy compared to Tom Seaver is getting a “little better out of the windup”. That is so awesome. And by awesome I mean pathetic. The towel drill doesn’t help get the windup in order?
Prior is sporting a plump 18.90 ERA and most disturbing is this note from the Chicago Tribune: “of the 34 swings taken against him in his two outings, only three have missed, an alarming ratio. Prior threw more breaking balls than usual Saturday but couldn’t throw them for strikes.”
I’m pretty sure if you gave me 34 pitches I could get 3 misses from batters. He’s allowed 5 BBs and has 0 Ks. 8 hits allowed in 3.1 IP. So that’s where we’re at with Prior.
The quotes from Prior and Wood irritate me because I don’t expect them to take it in stride when they pitch poorly. But they often find the “good” in lousy outings.
On the flipside of that is [tag]White Sox[/tag] rookie [tag]John Danks[/tag]. Danks threw 3 innings on Friday and faced the minimum 9 batters. He needed only 23 pitches and 16 of them were strikes. He was certainly buoyed by outstanding defense and some DPs, but I liked his quote after the game. Danks said his outing was “a little iffy. It wasn’t as sharp as I’d have liked it to be.”
And that’s the difference. As a fan, that’s what I want to hear. Prior will make a minor-league start to try and regain confidence.
“I feel like I made some strides in some things, baby steps, nothing grandiose,” he said. “Those are things you can build on. It’s going to take me some time to get back to throwing the ball effectively. How much time? That’s what you work for. You just keep taking little steps and trying to move in the right direction. One outing you feel it, and you’re like, ‘Darn, let’s duplicate that.’ That hasn’t happened yet.
That hasn’t happened yet. And maybe never again.