Tom Gorzelanny: He Used to be Good

May 29, 2008 – 12:09 am by TheRiot

Let’s go back in time for a minute, shall we? Last year Tom Gorzelanny was perhaps the only bright spot for the woeful Pittsburgh Pirates. He went 14-10 with a 3.88 ERA for a team that finished 68-94. I’d say that’s pretty good for a crappy team.

He turned into something of a fantasy baseball darling, too, racking up wins. He was dependable. And, at 24, appeared to be taking the next step in being a legitimate Major League pitcher. Things were good for Gorzelanny.

Now it’s 2008. And things are, well, shitty. In Wednesday’s 9-1 loss to the Reds, Gorzelanny went 2/3 of an inning, giving up six runs on four hits and two walks. That, in a word, is awful.

He’s now 4-5 with a 7.38 ERA in 10 starts. He’s now failed to get out of the third inning three times. He’s made it past five innings only four times. This from a guy who threw over 200 innings last year.

Oh, and get this, he has more walks than strikeouts. The dude is just getting pounded. I have no answers, just one question.

What the hell, man?

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  1. One Response to “Tom Gorzelanny: He Used to be Good”

  2. I’m certain that by many calculations he was one of the most overused and abused pitchers in the last 20 years last year. Jim Tracy rode his arm into the ground. I hope he takes some time off and comes back with no injuies because he had multiple starts last year well over 115 pitches in sucession.
    Jim Tracy is a Dusty Baker clone without the toothpick.

    By Derek on May 29, 2008

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