In the last three games, Chicago Cubs’ Carl Edwards hasn’t been himself. In fact, he hasn’t been anything like the pitcher he once was. So what gives?
It seemed like things were going too good for Chicago Cubs‘ pitcher Carl Edwards. Through his first 17 innings pitched, he logged a 0.53 ERA with 30 K’s and a batting average of .121. For the most part, he was untouchable. When you needed an out, he was the man to get it. But in the last three outings? Yikes.
In those three games, Edwards has pitched just two innings and allowed seven hits and seven runs. He’s allowed two home runs and a slash line of, get this–.538/.600/1.231 for a 31.50 ERA. Outside of an injury or illness, I can’t fathom what has gotten into Edwards. He looked like he had “figured it out”–and then he hadn’t. And there’s simply no rhyme or reason why he’s not getting the job done.
Same old situation
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For Edwards, he knows he’s in the same situation as last season. The only thing is that he pulls himself out of it quicker than he did the year before. Jim Hickey and Edwards need to come together on a solution to his issue–not a bigger problem.
The issue isn’t the selection of pitches, because there’s no difference to them. Fastball, curveball and change. That’s it. So apparently the Braves have got on to them, or he’s leaving the over the plate.
He gave up the three to the Chicago White Sox, but they didn’t cost them the win. The home run to Ronald Acuna Jr. on Tuesday night should have, and last nights debauchery cost us the game.
For Edwards, it’s a matter of finding his stride–and sticking to it. Of course, pitchers are going to lose their way, and that’s fine. But when it comes to finding his “better side,” he’s going to need to find it in a hurry. Knowing what he’s capable of is the key to his well being.
Seeing three games in which he’s given up seven earned runs is difficult. But it’s also possible to come back from that and build momentum. There’s no reason that he should be sent to Triple-A if he’s not injured. As they like to say, get back up on the mound and see what you’ve got.