"The Royals didn't go down in order until the fifth inning."
In the words of Mr. Jason Collette,
Hellickson is an unmitigated disaster these days with a heavy dose of self-inflicted damage— jasoncollette (@jasoncollette) August 26, 2013
Jeremy Hellickson only lasted two-and-two-thirds yesterday, matching the shortest outing of his career and allowing five runs in that span. Cesar Ramos picked up where Helly left off, giving up five runs in his three innings of relief, while Wesley Wright was the best pitcher of the day, only conceding a solo homer as the lone hit and run in his two-and-a-thirds to close out the game.
The Rays just couldn't find a way to win against Kansas City this season, going 1-6, with three of the losses going to Helly; who has not lasted five innings in five of his past six starts, posting an 0-5 record and a 9.00 ERA.
Per Marc Topkin, neither Joe Maddon nor Hellickson are sure what's going wrong this year:
"We feel very confident about him," Maddon said. "It's just been difficult or exasperating to try to get him to get back where he had been. And we're turning over every stone trying to figure it out."
Maddon said he's been "racking my brain" trying to help Hellickson, poring over reports only to find out "there's nothing definitively different about him."
Hellickson doesn't have any answers, either. He feels physically fine and said Monday was actually the most consistent he has been with his command the past five starts.
Tonight the team opens up a three-game set against the Angels, then hit the road for a 10-game West Coast road trip against Oakland, Los Angeles and Seattle.
If that didn't make you sad enough...
Attention Matt Harvey fans. Since 2010, 4 pitchers have torn their UCL and returned to the majors. None did so in fewer than 11 months.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 27, 2013
Thanks, for the ole salt in the wound, ESPN.
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