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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

STL Post-Dispatch: Mulder comes up empty

It took only five outs and 49 pitches Tuesday night for Tony La Russa to tell that Mark Mulder had gone far enough to call it a night.

More than two months after going on the disabled list with shoulder problems, Mulder looked back at the same outing and its accompanying discomfort and called it a season.
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Several days removed from speaking optimistically about making his second start since June 20, Mulder (6-7) spoke bluntly about a process that may have hit a dead end. “There’s still something going on,” Mulder said. “I’m obviously not right out there.”

Mulder will be examined today by team orthopedist Dr. George Paletta in addition to undergoing an MRI exam. Any discussion of what Paletta described as “a new direction” is likely to include the possibility of surgery to correct an impingement, fraying of the labrum and inflammation of the rotator cuff that has made it impossible for Mulder to replicate a proper throwing motion.

“What I saw was his mechanics reverted to what they appeared to be before the process began,” Paletta said…“I think we need to take another careful look at the situation.”

Mulder’s agent probably can be found in the fetal position these days.

NTNgod Posted: August 30, 2006 at 05:52 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rally Posted: August 30, 2006 at 01:19 PM (#2161255)
So who wants Mulder as a free agent?

Somebody probably gives him a one year deal full of incentives and an option for 2, kind of like Jon Leiber's Yankee contract.
   2. salvomania Posted: August 30, 2006 at 02:33 PM (#2161341)
In Mulder's last seven starts---after the first of which many observers noticed something wrong/different---he has lasted past 5 innings once.

Here are his numbers since May 25th or so:

Starts...7
ip........ 26 (about 3-2/3 per start)
h........ 61 (think about that---almost 2-1/2 hits per inning, on AVERAGE)
bb.......15
WHIP.. 2.92
K........ 15
runs... 49
er...... 46
era.... 15.92

The Cardinals have lost 6 of those seven starts, and you have to wonder about management continuing to throw this guy out there another half-dozen times when it's pretty clear that he's either injured or else simply unable to pitch normally (fastball topping out at 85, gruesome mechanics visible to anyone who's watched the game for a while).

Tony's and Walt's plan (they hope Mulder will pitch better) isn't working.
   3. JPWF13 Posted: August 30, 2006 at 02:39 PM (#2161353)
In Mulder's last seven starts---after the first of which many observers noticed something wrong/different---he has lasted past 5 innings once.

Here are his numbers since May 25th or so:


It's not that much worse than how he ended 2004...
He began 2005 in similar fashion- then suddenly (and I mean suddenly- one start he was awful- the next he was brilliant) he turned it around

I think whatever ails Mulder now was also affecting him in 2004- he made some adjustments in 2005 (by adjustments I mean anything from from his mechanics to taking painkillers)- however, whatever the underlying problem(s) were/are they didn't go away and he could no longer compensate.
   4. CraigK Posted: August 30, 2006 at 02:45 PM (#2161364)
Let's be honest here: How many people on this board, if called up by the St. Louis Cardinals, could go out to the mound on Tuesday and put up a K/BB ratio of 1, a 2.92 WHIP, and a 15.92 ERA?

Seriously; I am actually wondering; I know ChadBradfordWannabe could easily (at this point, he'd probably be St. Louis's third-best reliever). Anyone else?

(That reminds me: someone call up MGL and ask him to tell the Cardinals to sign CBW!)
   5. CraigK Posted: August 30, 2006 at 02:48 PM (#2161369)
Heck, I'm lefthanded; teach me to throw sidearmed with a knuckler and I'd probably finish the season at least as well as, say, Marquis.
   6. Anonymous Observer Posted: August 30, 2006 at 02:56 PM (#2161379)
you have to wonder about management continuing to throw this guy out there another half-dozen times when it's pretty clear that he's either injured or else simply unable to pitch normally...

Tony's and Walt's plan (they hope Mulder will pitch better) isn't working.


They did the same thing with Esteban Yan (hell, the entire bullpen) in 2003, and they're doing the same thing with Jason Isringhausen now. It should be no suprise that they're doing it with another well-established veteran.

AO
   7. Rally Posted: August 30, 2006 at 03:21 PM (#2161409)
Let's be honest here: How many people on this board, if called up by the St. Louis Cardinals, could go out to the mound on Tuesday and put up a K/BB ratio of 1, a 2.92 WHIP, and a 15.92 ERA?

I'll pass on that opportunity. My 71 MPH fastball and shaky control would make even Mulder look like a good pitcher.
   8. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: August 30, 2006 at 04:00 PM (#2161464)
Let's be honest here: How many people on this board, if called up by the St. Louis Cardinals, could go out to the mound on Tuesday and put up a K/BB ratio of 1, a 2.92 WHIP, and a 15.92 ERA?

I probably couldn't, but I'd do it for the chance to hit Joe Borchard. The bum.
   9. salvomania Posted: August 30, 2006 at 04:29 PM (#2161492)
At least Tony is committed---as he's stressed since Spring Training this year---to going with his five best starters.

If you think Mulder is bad, imagine how bad Anthony Reyes must be (back-to-back scoreless outings in Memphis notwithstanding).

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