Saturday, May 23, 2009

On Wright's spot in the bullpen

Ed Wade knows that Wright can get sent down right? Rule 5 picks don't have to stay on the 25-man roster for the rest of their life, just the following season.

I don't know what's happening with Young Wesley - whether it's mechanics, whether it's problems with the Second Season Adjustment.

But Dequam LaWesley Wright (not kidding) is getting absolutely hammered this season.

Wright has appeared in 18 games for the Astros this season. In those games, the Astros have are 7-11. But in those 18 games...

-The Astros have been in a worse position four times.
-Wright has allowed a baserunner 16 times
-Wright has allowed a hit 15 times
-Wright has been pulled before recording three outs nine times (though he is a situational lefty, so take that for what it's worth)
-Despite that, he has thrown 10+ pitches 15 times
-15+ pitches eight times
-Lefties are hitting .476 (10x21)
-Batters are 5x5 on his first pitch
-7th inning batters are hitting .615 (8x13)

So what are the options? Lefty relievers at Round Rock are scarce. Andy Van Hekken is just about it, and he's only been at Tha Rock for about a week - and he did follow up his 1IP/2ER debut with three shutout innings. Should the Astros see what Van Hekken is made of, and give Wright some time to get hisself worked out?

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