Arrieta’s outing & injury update
After Sunday’s demotions of Oriole starters Brad Bergesen and Chris Tillman, manager Buck Showalter made it clear that some of the outings by the pitching staff were unacceptable and “not good enough”
Jake Arrieta would be the first to tell you his disastrous seven-out outing in Seattle on Monday falls under that category. Arrieta’s career-low 2 1/3-inning start set the tone in a disappointing 4-3 Memorial Day loss to the Mariners.
“I’m pretty upset about this one,” said Arrieta, who turned in his second start of less than five innings in three games. “[I] just couldn’t give the team what I needed to give them. It’s real frustrating to go out there, especially after a sweep, I knew what I wanted to do today. To only get seven outs is pretty frustrating.
To come out of the game with the bases loaded, put [Alfredo] Simon in a tight spot –which he did very well in—just doesn’t feel good. I need to forget about this one as quickly as I can. I know I’m not going to be able to, but I have to find a way to kind of flush it and get over it.”
The 25-year-old Arrieta, who has a team-leading six wins, struggled from the outset, running a three-ball count to three batters to open the game and allowing Seattle a quick pair of runs — courtesy of Brendan Ryan’s groundout and Jack Cust’s triple. After a scoreless second, Arrieta was hit on the left shin by a line drive off the bat of Ichiro Suzuki, and was in noticeable pain as the team’s trainers and manager Buck Showalter came out to the mound. Arrieta remained in the game but things steamrolled from there, and he exited after a pair of bases-loaded walks helped Seattle extend its lead.
While Arrieta admitted he was feeling Ichiro’s liner while on the hill, he didn’t use it as excuse to throw a blanket over his outing.
“I seem to not be able to correct the mistakes I’m making,” said Arrieta, who has issued three walks in five straight starts. “I have to figure it out. [I] just need to start getting back to the consistent pitching that I was towards the first seven or eight starts. I got to get back to that. Two innings isn’t good enough. Four or five innings isn’t good enough. I got to go out there and get the job done.”
“He’ll go through a couple of innings where you know you’re going to be in your bullpen pretty quick,” Showalter said of Arrieta. “They are trying. It’s almost too hard sometimes. Sometimes, it seems that Jake is trying to pitch so much instead of really trusting the fastball and going after it.”
An X-ray on Arrieta’s shin came back negative and he didn’t think his next start would be in jeopardy from the injury.
“I wouldn’t think so,” Arrieta said. “[I will] come in tomorrow and see how it feels, mobility-wise, run around a little bit, get it heated up. I think it’s going to be fine.”
Combined with Arrieta’s line, which included four earned runs on four hits and four walks, Oriole starters have pitched to a 6.50 ERA over the last four-game stretch — allowing 15 runs (13 earned) on 29 hits and 12 walks, and lasting just 18 innings.