- Harden's injury now being described as his "oblique". Yikes.
- I know one of the things that can wear a reliever down is the sheer number of appearances-- which include the time needed to warm up as well as the actual appearance itself. Calero has only thrown 10 innings in 27 games-- which is 60 for a full season-- but he's appeared in 15 games, including 5 of the last 6. That's 90 appearances for a full season and I think that last night we may have seen the impact of such over use.
And finally the two members of the Little Three who did so well last year. We had to expect some kind of regression, but....
Haren and Blanton's combined 2006:
11 starts. 70.1 innings-- that's 6.4 innings per start-- OK but not great.
84 (!) hits allowed and 17 walks. And 9 HRS for Haren in just 41 innings.
and 44 Ers for a Brutal combined ERA of 5.63
It's only May 4th, but these guys need to step it up--- the sooner the better.