Plain and simple – anyone that has played baseball, above high school (or even at that level), should be able to see – J.J. is hurt. For a guy with a splitter like his not to throw one, let alone on a 0-2 count, screams HELP ME, I AM HURT.
I commend him for biting the bullet, but Mets’ management needs to do something about this. Either J.J. should get some rest, pitch the 7th (Parnell 8th), or even the 6th (Stokes 7th). Pumping fastballs in the low 90s over and over won’t work in the show.
posted by Gene Anthony