June 27, 2008

Let McClellan learn, he's good at it

A June 26 4thebirds post from another network, by permission:

When Kyle McClellan threw the "wrong pitch" to Detroit's Gary Sheffield, it got me to wondering just what was the "right pitch."

Should've pitched Sheffield inside. And if Sheffield had rocked that one, like he had the previous game, when one of them sailed a dozen or more rows up in the left field seats, that was the wrong pitch. And the pitches he hit when he went 4-for-5 last night, those were all the wrong ones too.

Point is, nobody can throw the right pitch to Sheffield right now, not since he returned from the DL a few days ago. So I wouldn't let McClellan get too down about giving up the walk-off hit to Sheffield last night. There were at least four other pitches made during the course of the see-saw game, in particular, the pitches made that permitted four leads dissolve.

I don't see how anyone would dare lay the wrong pitch guilt trip on McClellan. Sure, he hurled in a fat one. It's not like nobody else on the staff doesn't. That's baseball.

And that brings up the point: let the kid learn. Oh yeah, remember, McClellan is a rookie, a young man that has done so well this season, it really is hard to see him as a newcomer. Yet a rookie is exactly what he is. Let McClellan learn. So far this season, he has shown that he has figured out quite a bit about that mound of dirt, and he has improved, in my opinion, in leaps and bounds.

Rookie McClellan has learned from Coach Duncan, we assume, and fellow pitchers, and from the catchers, and mainly, from his experience, from before the minor leagues and all the way to his last pitch against that terrible Tiger who has put in his bid to own the right-side batters' box in Comerica Park, or at least lease it for the Cardinals' series. When a hitter is that on, anything near the strike zone, on any side you prefer, doesn't mean ... well, you know what it doesn't mean. The man is simply going to rock.

Gotta tell ya, I do a lot of "that's all wrong" pieces, but I just don't see it this time. So my plea is for everyone to not make a mountain out of a pitcher's "mohill" and let young McClellan learn. Because McClellan is solid, he is a talent, a rookie that we have already learned how to take for granted.