LA Detective wrote:He should of been in AAA all along for a permanent fix. He needed to show that he could go 6+ starts or so in a row where he had complete command and know how to correct himself in game.
I agree, well said. Should have been in AAA from the start but maybe made the rotation because of Steve Johnson's injury. I think the key point you made was he needs to prove that he can correct himself over a prolonged period because that seems to be the biggest issue.
Old Sneakers wrote:Honestly, as frustrating as it is. It's not time to bail yet.
You're right, I overreacted to that hideous meltdown.
ofahn wrote:FWIW - get in your Delorean and go back to this date in 2012. Then swap McFarland's name for Miguel Gonzales. Just think about that for a minute.
EXACTLY. Not that he will be Gonzalez 2.0 but the key is don't sleep on him like most did on Gonzalez. For all of Arrieta and Britton's great stuff, they were both vastly outperformed by Gonzalez last year. Buck loves Mcfarland so I would have no problem with him being slotted into the rotation at some point if need be. I would definitely rather see him out there than Arrieta right now.
birdwatcher55 wrote:I think we're stuck with JA until Stevie Johnson is ready.
I'm looking forward to having Steve Johnson back. He and Mcfarland provide great versatiltiy and allow Arrieta, Britton, Gausman, and Bundy to remain in the minors until they are ready. Those four may have more talent and a higher ceiling but Steve Johnson and Mcfarland provide consistency which is good enough for a decent stretch of the season.
thezeroes wrote:You do know that 4 of those seven walks came in his first start of two innings when he had that bleeding blister??
Since that start he has 11.2 innings with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts his ground ball rate for outs is 28 GO to ZERO fly-outs.
That's a great point and a perfect example of the importance of looking beyond stats in the minors sometimes. You don't always know what goes in during those games and sometimes pitchers are told to work on specific things that might not be most conducive to winning that particular game (ie throwing more offspeed pitches than they normally would).