If they only played four innings of baseball instead of nine, Josh Collmenter would have pitched a complete game on Friday night. Seeing as the play nine, he only got through half the game, going 4.2 innings in a 5-4 Arizona Diamondbacks loss to the Oakland A’s. Teams are starting to figure Collmenter out, especially the second and third times through the order.
It’s not like Collmenter is giving up bombs and getting wild, however he is now having difficulty locating his pitches once a few innings have elapsed. He’s given up 5,6,3,and 5 ER in his past four outings. In those four outings, he has only reached 7 innings pitched in one game. Since his outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 9th, he has seen his ERA jump from 1.12 after that outing to 3.17 after last nights game. Clearly he is not trending in the right direction.
So what’s the solution? I’m thinking bullpen because I think he still has a lot to offer, but his days as a starter have to be numbered for now. Teams are learning how to adjust to him after the first and second at-bat’s. So, again, the Dbacks will have to find someone who can help carry the latter end of the starting rotation if Collmenter is the next guy out. That help could come from several places. Hopefully though the Dbacks will be able to see Collmenter just isn’t ready to be that full time starter yet.