Another Frown For Smyly

July 19th, 2016

Florida Atlantic Southern Miss FootballAt this point, Drew Smyly is a broken record, with an emphasis on “broken.”

Joe has seen enough of this mess.

Joe isn’t smiling when typing about Drew Smyly these days.

Remember when the left-hander was one of the Rays’ most consistent starters? Remember when he didn’t hurl on the mound?

Those golden days seem so long ago. Smyly suffered another bag-over-the-face loss in Colorado’s 7-4 victory yesterday at Coors Field. Smyly dropped to a frightful 2-11 with a 5.64 ERA after allowing five runs and nine hits in five innings.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times watched the Mile High misery and scribbled the gory details:

Smyly was plenty bad on his own, allowing five runs on nine hits while working only five innings in what Cash called “a fairly inconsistent outing.”

That extended Smyly’s personal losing streak to seven decisions and his winless streak to 10 starts.

At 2-11, Smyly is tied with ex-Ray James Shields for the second-most losses in the majors, behind teammate Chris Archer’s 13. At 5.64, he has the highest ERA of any pitcher who has worked at least 85 innings.

“I just didn’t pitch very well today,” Smyly said. “I got behind a lot of hitters. It’s hard to pitch when you’re behind in the count.”

Watching Smyly should require an extra-heavy dose of Pepto-Bismol. There’s so much trade chatter involving Jake Odorizzi. But how much would the Rays miss Smyly if he changed zip codes?

Smyly has given Tampa Bay too many frowns this season.

2 Responses to “Another Frown For Smyly”

  1. Darth Ray-der Says:

    What’s going on ? Is he hurt again? Last year, he sat out due to shoulder issues, but decided not to have surgery.

  2. FortMyersDave Says:

    Good question Darth, this string of bad outings can not be blamed on simply bad mechanics or the catcher calling a bad game although those are probably contributing factors. Injured or dead arm????


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