BY LESLIE MONTEIRO
So much for this idea about Drew Pomeranz being a catalyst to the Rockies’ pursuit of winning the NL West.
He has pitched poorly in his four starts with the Rockies.
After last night’s awful performance by Pomeranz, Rockies manager Walt Weiss did not offer an endorsement about his struggling starter staying in the rotation when he talked about his team’s 3-1 loss to the Marlins last night at Coors Field.
Who can blame him? Pomeranz is an automatic loss when he is on the mound. He has command problems. He has nothing on his fastball. He has a body language of a pitcher that does not want to be on the mound by the way he sulks when he is pitching.
Not only should he not be in the rotation, but he should be traded. He’s a lost cause.
Pomeranz has been afflicted with paralysis by analysis. The team has come up with so many ways to change his mechanics that he is scared to throw. He doesn’t know how to pitch as a result.
It’s bad enough he is a headcase on the mound as he thinks too much when he pitches. He needs to throw. The Rockies are not helping him by changing his mechanics. Now, he has no idea what he is doing on the mound.
It’s hard to believe it’s going to get better. He is not a fit at Coors Field. He does not have the secondary pitches to be successful. He is a guy that throws at high-80s at best, which is a recipe for disaster.
Pomeranz can’t apply whatever he is learning from the pitching coaches.
There comes a point the Rockies must give up on him.
One has to think the Rockies will demote Pomeranz to the minors again, but what’s the point? He wasn’t that great in the minors to begin with. He gave up 40 runs and 83 hits while giving up 33 walks in 85 2/3 innings at Colorado Springs. How is he going to straighten himself in the minors when he has proven he can’t pitch in that level? It’s remarkable why the Rockies called him up in the first place.
The Rockies will stick with Pomeranz because they would admit they messed up in what they received in return for Ubaldo Jimenez. They already traded Alex White after he flopped with them.
They will stick with their beleaguered starter since they don’t want to be known as a franchise that can’t develop starting pitching.
At this point, it shouldn’t matter how they would be perceived. The Rockies would compound their mistake by sticking with him.
They can talk all they want about Tyler Chatwood figuring it out after struggling for awhile with the Rockies as they cite their reason to sticking with Pomeranz.
The problem with that thinking is Chatwood’s problems turned out to be mechanical, not mental. With Pomeranz, it’s mechanical and mental.
Until Pomeranz realizes he has to throw rather than nibble on the mound, it’s not going to work out.
It’s hard to think that will happen with him as long as he is pitching with the Rockies. He’s scared to pitch at Coors Field as it is. Once a pitcher is scared to pitch at that ballpark, he is a lost cause. Look at the long list of guys that let the stadium get to them in Darryl Kile, Denny Neagle, Jamey Wright, Jeremy Guthrie and others to name a few.
For Pomeranz’s own good, the Rockies should trade him.
They shouldn’t ruin his career by having him fail to the point he will be out in the majors in due time. He should be able to succeed in another organization.
The Rockies can talk about Pomeranz making adjustments in the minors for the umpteenth time, but what’s the point? They tried all they could to straighten him out with no success.
Sooner or later, they can’t do the insanity approach of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results from Pomeranz.
Shame on the Rockies if they let him make his next start. It would mean there’s no accountability for bad performance after every start. It would mean the team is sacrificing wins just so he can learn on the job. It’s not fair for the players that are busting it for the Rockies. It’s not fair for the fans to watch.
Pomeranz has no business pitching in the majors, and he has no business being in the organization anymore.
It’s time for this futile experiment to end.
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