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?