Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Pirates Release Erik Bedard

In what shouldn't have been a real shocking development from the Pirates this morning it was announced that they released lefty Erik Bedard after what was a pretty disappointing season. The released was announced earlier today but due to my job I couldn't get anything up until now as I am sure this will be a basic recap of everything you have already read.

After his start on Sunday I wrote in the game recap that he should probably be moved at least to the bullpen but it looks like the Pirates went a step further and just released him.

Bedard wasn't terrible to start the season as he threw 29 innings between March and April and posted a 2.48 ERA and gave up only eight earned runs while holding a 26:12 K:BB. He wasn't terrible in May with a 3.91 ERA in 23 innings but was holding hitters to only a .218/.305/.400 line making it look like if he could stay healthy he could be a nice number three or four.

After that it was all downhill. Bedard has not held an ERA under 5.90 in a month since that and just hasn't been able to find the strike zone. He was giving up way too many walks and while before he could get the big strikeout to escape from some of those walks he was now giving up doubles and home runs instead. That isn't going to win you games and when you are in the spot the Pirates are in you can't afford to have him on the mound going forward.

It was a good gamble to bring on Bedard at the beginning of the season and while it was an injury risk since he has had multiple problems with his arm and has only thrown 293.1 innings from 2008-11. It was nice that he was able to not go on a long DL stint this year which was thought to be the main concern coming into the season but it turned out that his performance would be his undoing.

The Pirates recalled Chase d'Arnaud to take Bedard's spot on the roster but I would imagine that this is a very short term move. With Neil Walker probably on the shelf for a couple of days with his back you would expect that d'Arnaud is up to take his spot and then when the rosters expand in a few days there will be someone up to take his spot in the rotation, I hope. If the Pirates stick Kevin Correia in Bedard's spot I will not be happy. I would expect someone like Jeff Locke or Justin Wilson to get the spot that was occupied by Bedard and am hoping that Bryan Morris is part of the call ups to actually pitch.

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