Litsch Ditsches the Sinker
While last night’s start by Sean Marcum was a thing of beauty in it’s way, Jesse Litsch didn’t really have much going working for him today. All credit to Jesse for his composure in times of trouble and all that, but he was in trouble and being hit hard all night. Here’s why:
No sinker, heck- no fastball! Last year his changeup came and went, but he always threw at least a four seamer or sinker. In his first start, he leaned even more overwhelmingly on his cutter and his slider. I like Jesse, but this is stretching plausibility here…bringing this stuff to the park every night is not going to cut it for more than a few weeks in the big leagues. He HAS to find his other pitches in order to be effective.
But hey, who cares…he’s the fifth starter and just put up a good (almost quality) start. Nice to see the quick hook but still, everyone but Tallet (who is evidently now the team’s setup guy AND sixth inning mop-up man). is gathering dust in the bullpen, and the Doc is set to go. Not that Beckett is chump change, but after giving up the first game of the year to a 318-ft Melky Cabrera pop fly home run, I think the Sox will have to pry a win to salvage the series from Halladay’s cold, dead fingers tomorrow.