Friday, August 15, 2008

For Cards fan, all is Wellemeyer

He's 6-foot-3 and throws 94-mph gas.

Yet, the Chicago Cubs, after three season, gave up on him, as his ERA was never below 5.92.

Then the Royals grabbed him, threw him in their bullpen, but after a half season of decent relief work decided they'd ship him to the Marlins.

The Marlins, after 18 games, had had enough. You can have him back, K.C. 

Thanks, anyway.

The Royals trot him out 12 times and after he compiles a 10.34 ERA says goodbye.

That in a nutshell is Todd Wellmeyer.

And like the St. Louis Cardinals have done time and time again, they grab a guy off the scrap heap -- correction, buried underneath the scrap heap -- and resurrect his career.

See Jeff Weaver, Joel Pineiero, Jeff Supan, Braden Looper, etc. The list goes on and on.

After a 10.34 ERA with K.C., Wellemeyer appeared in 20 games in St. Louis, including 11 starts, and posted a 3.11 ERA.


Then this year, Wellemeyer has only compiled a 10-4 record and a 3.79 ERA after a 3-hit gem Thursday night against the Marlins.

At the start of the year, I went on the record with a co-worker saying Wellemeyer would not hold up. He's a reliever by trade. The most he's thrown before this year is 79 innings.

Now, he's at 134 2/3.

I'm not ready to buy Wellemeyer stock quite yet, even though he keep piling up the quality starts. September can be awfully painful for reliever-turned-starters in their first season.

See Looper's 2007.

So tread carefully with Welly. Sell high if you can.

This might not end well.


Chris said...

I enjoyed the backhanded compliment. ("He's doing great, but this will turn out badly.") Luckily for us, even if it does, we'll have the World Series trophies to comfort us.