Matt P wrote:I ask this question sincerely and hope it doesn't come off the wrong way but do you watch the games he pitches or do you base your opinion solely on sabermetrics? He has no confidence at all. He even said after the game tonight that he is lost. How can you reasonably continue to let him pitch in the majors when he has no confidence?
I don't think they will be competing at the end of the year for a playoff spot but as of right now they are and the team seems to think they can hang around. Why would you pretty much forfeit one out of every five games by throwing out a pitcher that is lost? He needs to go down to AAA simply to get his confidence back. If he dominates AAA line ups like he should and his confidence has returned it's not like he is stuck down there for the rest of his life. He has a better chance of getting his head straight in the minors where he can work on things and not have any pressure than it will be pitching in Baltimore. It's mostly all mental with Arrieta at this point.
Yes, I do watch the games. By no means am I trying to say that Arrieta has been a good pitcher. I'm just trying to explain that the statistics show is not THIS bad. Yes, he's been bad. But he has been unlucky and the statistics point towards him improving.
He's moving to the bullpen for now, which is good for him. Moving to AAA wouldn't have done much and now the O's have another power arm in their bullpen. I think he'll be back in the rotation soon.