Erik Bedard an Ace? I Don't Think So
Along with everyone else who thought Erik Bedard was this supernatural lefty who would become the rock steady ace of this "on-paper" soild rotation the Mariners have thrown out this season.
Boy was I wrong.
Yes, I wanted Bedard from the get-go. As soon as those rumors floated about him possibly coming to Seattle in exchange for George Sherrill, Adam Jones and a couple minor leaguers, I was all for it.
How could you not be?
With Seattle, Sherrill was nothing more than a lefty set up man. He wasn't going to get the 27 saves he currently has with the Orioles and Adam Jones wasn't going to crack the outfield even if he deserved it. So yeah, ship 'em off.
Erik Bedard hasn't been an ace, he's been a cry baby with no guts, no spine, and he doesn't even care. With his win today over the Detroit Tigers, he improved to 6-4 with a 3.67 ERA while pitching just 81 innings in 15 starts. That's an average of less than 6 innings every day he's scheduled to start.
How can someone be praised as an ace when they don't even qualify for a quality start for seven of their 15 starts?
For his career, Bedard has never exceeded 200 innings pitched and after last year's low 3.16 era, he's floated back to reality this year hovering around his career average era of 3.83. An ERA near four isn't the worst statistic around but an ace is more than just numbers.
He's supposed to be a stopper. When Bedard pitches the game after the Mariners lose, he's 4-4 with three no decisions and in two of those no decisions, the Mariners lost.
Another thing Erik Bedard has failed to do is save the bullpen. Last year the Mariners were staying up with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim until the late summer months when the bullpen began to break down from being overworked.
Please Erik! Be our savior! The word savior in Canada must mean do the bare minimum because the Canadian out of Ontario is doing just that. His pitch count is low when he repeatedly takes himself out of ball games.
July 4, 2008 - 5.0 IP, 1 ER 99 pitches thrown
June 29, 2008 - 5.2 IP, 1 ER 94 pitches thrown
June 20, 2008 - 3.0 IP, 0 ER 36 pitches thrown (reportedly left with back spasms)
June 14, 2008 - 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 100 pitches thrown
June 8, 2008 - 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 99 pitches thrown
June 3, 2008 - 3.1 IP 4 ER, 75 pitches thrown
Notice the trend? Erik Bedard has a year left on his contract with the Mariners. Whether or not the Mariners resign him remains to be seen, but until then, you can expect from him a solid five to six innings keeping you in the ballgame and hope your bullpen saves the day.
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