Another poor start for Litsch

Another poor start for Litsch

Another Dinger off Litsch

The difference between Jesse’s opposing pitchers on the day, James Shields, would be minor to the casual or medium level observer. Shields has a 3.96 ERA & Litsch has a 4.11 ERA. However, the differences stop there.

In 87.2 IP, Litsch has allowed 98 hits, 12 HR, and an opponent’s batting average of .287.

Shields, in 207 IP has allowed less than a hit per inning, with 198, a high 28 HR, an opponents batting average of .249 & a league best 179/34 SO/BB ratio.

Despite this, the internet seems to love Litsch & takes no notice of Shields.

Back to the start at hand, it was typical of most recent Litsch starts. Over a hit per inning (7 in 5 IP) and another 3 home runs allowed. He did strike out 5 and walk none, although to be honest, the Devil Rays swing first and ask questions later. Over Jesse’s past six starts he’s allowed 7 HR and has a 1 – 4 record.

Pitching to contact in the major leagues with a 91 MPH four seam fastball as a rightly is dangerous living. As the video and scouting reports on Jesse have made their rounds, his level of success has diminished. Josh Towers Jr. is all set for a AAA opening day start in 2008.

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